From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Progressive \Pro*gress"ive\, a. [Cf. F. progressif.]
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   1. Moving forward; proceeding onward; advancing; evincing
      progress; increasing; as, progressive motion or course; --
      opposed to retrograde.
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   2. Improving; as, art is in a progressive state.
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   3. (U. S. History) Of or pertaining to the Progressive party.
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   4. Favoring improvement, change, progress, or reform,
      especially in a political context; -- used of people.
      Contrasted with conservative.

   Note: The term progressive is sometimes used to describe the
         views of a politician, where liberal might have been
         used at one time, in communities where the term liberal
         has come to connote extreme views.

   5. Disposed toward adopting new methods in government or
      education, holding tolerant and liberal ideas, and
      generally favoring improvement in civic life; -- of towns
      and communities.

   Progressive euchre or Progressive whist, a way of playing
      at card parties, by which after every game, the losers at
      the first table go to the last table, and the winners at
      all the tables, except the first, move up to the next

   Progressive muscular atrophy (Med.), a nervous disorder
      characterized by continuous atrophy of the muscles.
      [1913 Webster] -- Pro*gress"ive*ly, adv. --
      Pro*gress"ive*ness, n.
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