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 for regressive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Regressive \Re*gress"ive\ (r?*gr?s"?v), a. [Cf. F.
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     1. Passing back; returning.
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     2. Characterized by retrogression; retrogressive.
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     Regressive metamorphism.
        (a) (Biol.) See Retrogression.
        (b) (Physiol.) See Katabolism.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: (of taxes) adjusted so that the rate decreases as the
             amount of income increases [ant: progressive]
      2: opposing progress; returning to a former less advanced state
         [ant: progressive]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  88 Moby Thesaurus words for "regressive":
     apostate, ascending, atavistic, axial, back, back-flowing,
     backsliding, backward, coming apart, cracking, crumbling, decadent,
     declining, degenerate, descending, deteriorating, disintegrating,
     down-trending, downward, draining, drifting, drooping, dwindling,
     ebbing, effete, fading, failing, falling, flagging, flowing,
     fluent, flying, fragmenting, going, going to pieces, gyrational,
     gyratory, languishing, lapsing, marcescent, mounting, passing,
     pining, plunging, progressive, reactionary, recessive, recidivist,
     recidivous, recrudescent, reflowing, refluent, relapsing,
     retroactive, retrocessive, retrograde, retrogressive, retrorse,
     retroverse, returnable, reversible, reversional, reversionary,
     revertible, revulsionary, rising, rotary, rotational, rotatory,
     running, rushing, shriveling, sideward, sinking, sliding, slipping,
     slumping, soaring, streaming, subsiding, tabetic, up-trending,
     upward, waning, wasting, wilting, withering, worsening

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