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Typically used derisively to imply another's political beliefs are primitive or backward.

Of a Conservative: One who is so conservative, they wish to move things backward in time instead of merely keeping things the same/progressing very slowly.

Of a Liberal or Progressive: A Liberal or Progressive who believes they are in favor of individual rights and freedoms, yet advocates policies that actually suppress individual rights. A result of over-zealous and incorrect application of the concept of "political correctness"
Conservative: We should lower the nation's budget deficit
Regressive: We should go back to the Gold Standard

Progressive: Minorities should be free from discrimination
Regressive: People should be jailed for discriminating against minorities
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Liberal who believes s/he is a progressive, however their ideas are backward, lacking enlightenment. Regressive's believe their ideas are forward thinking and evolutionary however the ideology lacks moral guidance, invoke divisiveness, and is plagued with narrow mindedness. The existence an alternate ideology is unacceptable to a regressive.
Lacking the mental capacity to accept freedom of religion, his regressive ideology finds acceptance of a religious freedom for an employer unacceptable.
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A word given to "progressives" due to the regressives ideas they hold, such as banning certain kinds of speakers they don't like, treating people differently based on race, and tolerating or defending backward cultures and religions, specially Islam. Regressives often blame the world's troubles on the west and believe jihadist cannot be a result of Islamic teachings, but instead the foreign policy of the west.
Person: "I don't think there is sufficient evidence to support the notion of 'institutional racism.'"
Regressive: "But you're a white male! You're a fucking white male!"
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Opposite of progressive. One who is opposed to women's rights, minority rights, universal civil rights, religious freedom, freedom of dissent, universal equality, and cares little to nothing for his fellow man.

In favor of widening the economic divide and eventual elimination of the middle class. In sum, one who believes society ought undo all progress made since 1920 and go back to the 19th century.

Currently in control of the federal government.
Much as Wal-Mart "rolls back" prices, regressives "roll back" freedoms.
by PK November 12, 2004
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Those who have hijacked the meaning of conservatism and screwed up the Republican brand, like most GOP primary voters these days. That base: "an excitable, overlapping assortment of Fox News friends, Limbaugh dittoheads, Tea Party animals, war whoopers, nativists, Christianist fundamentalists, à la carte Catholics (anti-abortion, yes; anti-torture, no), anti-Rooseveltians (Franklin and Theodore), global-warming denialists, post-Confederate white Southrons, creationists, birthers, market idolaters, Europe demonizers, and gun fetishists."
If you are Liberal or Progressive, don't forget to spring ahead 1 hour tonight. If you are Regressive, forget it. You folks have fallen so far behind that 1 hour won't make much difference.
by Dhanarose March 10, 2012
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A person who believes that black people are not racist because of slavery, Islam is a peaceful religion, Muslims are peaceful (even the criminal ones), and white people are racist. Also a person who usually criticise Christianity (or not) and not Islam.
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A false progressive who rejects progress.
A so-called progressive who claims to support Bernie Sanders, but does not support the progress Bernie accomplished in the Democratic Platform, attacks the candidate Bernie has endorsed, and assists Donald Trump is a regressive.
by TomCat1948 July 31, 2016
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