- the adoption by an adult or adolescent of behaviour more appropriate to a child, esp as a defence mechanism to avoid anxiety
- the analysis or measure of the association between one variable (the dependent variable) and one or more other variables (the independent variables), usually formulated in an equation in which the independent variables have parametric coefficients, which may enable future values of the dependent variable to be predicted
- (as modifer): regression curve
- the retreat of the sea from the land
- the act of regressing
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- the act of going back to a previous place or state;
return or reversion.
- Developmental Biology[Biol.]reversion to an earlier or less advanced state or form or to a common or general type.
- Psychiatry[Psychoanal.]the reversion to a chronologically earlier or less adapted pattern of behavior and feeling.
- Medicinea subsidence of a disease or its manifestations:a regression of symptoms.
- Latin regressiōn- (stem of regressiō). See regress, -ion
- to move backward;
go back, esp. to an earlier, worse, or less advanced state or form:For a while the patient was making progress, but now he seems to be regressing.
re•gres•sive /rɪˈgrɛsɪv/USA pronunciationadj. See -gress-.