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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
by Samiamrg7 April 28, 2016
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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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A person who consciously chooses to reject scientific progress due to personal beliefs, regardless of empirical evidence.
Karen is such a regressive, she refuses to vaccinate her kids because she thinks it will make them autistic.
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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.
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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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