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Noun: regression  ri'gre-shun
  1. A return to an earlier state
    - regress, reversion, retrogression, retroversion
  2. An abnormal state in which development has stopped prematurely
    - arrested development, fixation, infantile fixation
  3. (psychiatry) a defence mechanism in which you flee from reality by assuming a more infantile state
  4. (statistics) the relation between selected values of x and observed values of y (from which the most probable value of y can be predicted for any value of x)
    - simple regression, regression toward the mean, statistical regression
  5. (programming) the reappearance of a software bug that has been fixed at least once before

Derived forms: regressions

Type of: abnormalcy [US], abnormality, defence [Brit, Cdn], defence mechanism [Brit, Cdn], defence reaction [Brit, Cdn], defense [US], defense mechanism [US], defense reaction [US], reversal, statistical method, statistical procedure

Part of: regression analysis

Encyclopedia: Regression