Regress meaning

rĭ-grĕs'
A going or coming back.
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Regress is defined as the act of going back to a worse state.

An example of a regress is a return to a previously-held job that paid less.

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Regress means to go back to a worse or less developed state.

An example of to regress is to return to the habit of smoking cigarettes.

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To return to a previous, usually worse or less developed state.

When I left the country, my ability to speak the language regressed.

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To have a tendency to approach or go back to a statistical mean.
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To move backward or away from a reference point; recede.

The seas regressed as the glaciers grew larger.

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To induce a state of regression in.

Techniques to regress a patient under hypnosis.

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The act of regressing, especially the returning to a previous, usually worse or less developed state.
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The act of reasoning backward from an effect to a cause or of continually applying a process of reasoning to its own results.
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The right or privilege of this.
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Backward movement; retrogression.
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To go back; return; move backward.
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To undergo regression.
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To have a tendency to approach or go back to a statistical mean.
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To induce a state of regression in.

Techniques to regress a patient under hypnosis.

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The act of passing back; passage back; return; retrogression.
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The power or liberty of passing back.

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(intransitive) To move backwards to an earlier stage; to devolve.
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(statistics) To perform a regression on an explanatory variable.

When we regress Y on X, we use the values of variable X to predict those Y.

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Origin of regress

  • Latin regredī regress- re- re- gradī to go ghredh- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • (verb) From Latin regressus, past participle of regredi (“to go back"), from re- (“back") + gradi (“to go").
    From Wiktionary