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Definition of regress
1 [no object] return to a former or less developed state:art has been regressing toward adolescence for more than a generation now return mentally to a former stage of life or a supposed previous life, especially through hypnosis or mental illness: [no object]:she claims to be able to regress to the Roman era [with object]:I regressed Sylvia to early childhood 2 [with object] Statistics calculate the coefficient or coefficients of regression of (a variable) against or on another variable. 3 [no object] Astronomy move in a retrograde direction.
1the action of returning to a former or less developed state. 2 Philosophy a series of statements in which a logical procedure is continually reapplied to its own result without approaching a useful conclusion (e.g., defining something in terms of itself).