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regressive (adj.)

1630s, "passing back, returning, acting in a backward direction;" see regress + -ive. Opposed to progressive. In reference to taxation that weighs proportionately heavier on those with lower incomes, it is attested by 1888. Related: Regressively; regressiveness; regressivity.

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Definitions of regressive from WordNet

regressive (adj.)
(of taxes) adjusted so that the rate decreases as the amount of income increases;
regressive (adj.)
opposing progress; returning to a former less advanced state;
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