regress

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v regress go back to bad behavior "Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"
    • v regress get worse or fall back to a previous condition
    • v regress go back to a previous state "We reverted to the old rules"
    • v regress go back to a statistical means
    • n regress returning to a former state
    • n regress the reasoning involved when you assume the conclusion is true and reason backward to the evidence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Regress The act of passing back; passage back; return; retrogression. “The progress or regress of man”.
    • Regress The power or liberty of passing back.
    • v. i Regress To go back; to return to a former place or state.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • regress To go back; return to a former place or state.
    • regress In astronomy, to move from east toward west.
    • n regress Passage back; return.
    • n regress The power or liberty of returning or passing back.
    • n regress In Scots law, reëntry. Under the feudal law, letters of regress were granted by the superior of a wadset, under which he became bound to readmit the wadsetter, at any time when he should demand an entry to the wadset.
    • n regress In canon law. See access, 7.
    • n regress In logic, the passage in thought from effect to cause.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Regress rē-gres′ passage back: return: power of returning: re-entry
    • v.i Regress to go back: to return to a former place or state:
    • v.i Regress (astron.) to move from east to west
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Quotations

  • Julius Robert Oppenheimer
    Julius Robert Oppenheimer
    “As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. regressus, fr. regredi, regressus,. See Regrede

Usage

In literature:

We use it to train regressives on Rigel Two.
"Teething Ring" by James Causey
Sanity and insanity are, roughly speaking, states where progressive or regressive thinking rule.
"Benign Stupors" by August Hoch
Regression is as natural as progression.
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
By making regressive application of the principle thus ascertained by experience, we often obtain a clue to special causal connexion.
"Logic, Inductive and Deductive" by William Minto
Well, I told myself finally, maybe she's regressed back to when we were kids, when we only had each other to share our secrets with.
"Life Blood" by Thomas Hoover
If I had to guess, I'd say she's regressing chronologically.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
Only the dream can inform us of the regression of our emotional life to an earlier stage of development.
"Reflections on War and Death" by Sigmund Freud
Regression, 82, 91, 117, 121, 126.
"Group Psychology and The Analysis of The Ego" by Sigmund Freud
For three groups of summer animals, slopes of regressions are identical.
"Metabolic Adaptation to Climate and Distribution of the Raccoon Procyon Lotor and Other Procyonidae" by John N. Mugaas
The phenomena of the universe form a complete chain of causes and effects, and in an infinite regression there can be no first cause.
"Nature and the Gods" by Arthur B. Moss
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In poetry:

Lo! claspt to His atoning breast
In Whom are woe and wrong made just,
Why this regression to the dust—
This loss of certitude and rest?
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling

In news:

Susquehanna at risk from the regressive right John Watson Commentary.
The Fair Tax is not regressive , it makes all pay their fair share.
More Reasons That Payroll Taxes Aren't Regressive .
It's time to reverse this regressive course North Carolina is headed down.
Lana Del Rey's Regressive , Beautiful, Twisted Fantasy.
No increase to regressive sales tax.
" Regressive " is how New York magazine's Chris Smith described it.
Nevada Tax System is Nation's Eighth Most Regressive .
A late third- rounder (ADP of 45), it would have been reasonable to expect some regression after his 54-homer outburst last season.
Knowledge-based classification and regression methods are especially powerful forms of learning.
Where canine obsession meets past-life regression.2 Guy crashes into other.
Which of these four local transit agencies have a business plan that shows they will turn a profit and no longer require regressive taxpayer support to continue funding businesses that are currently black holes financially.
Among the questions about the Houston Texans' defense as the NFL season kicks off is this: After a great gain last year, will there be some regression.
What's truly regressive is smoking itself.
Sawyer was devastated and began to regress into some of the negative symptoms of his autism .
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In science:

Next, background photons were removed from the θc distribution, and finally the velocity of the particle was calculated using a weighted circular regression fit to the selected pattern, also described below.
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
Circular regression fit for the same event of the Cherenkov ring in the trajectory frame (rejected hits label led *).
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
See also for the circular regression technique.
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
The dashed line is the regression line between the two quantities.
The nuclear SED of NGC6251: a BL Lac in the center of an FR I radio galaxy
Table 3 suggests that the number of points used in the regression does not affect the MSE significantly for all three estimators.
Estimation of fractal dimension for a class of Non-Gaussian stationary processes and fields
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