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1 an abnormal state in which development has stopped prematurely [syn: arrested development, fixation, infantile fixation]
2 (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which you flee from reality by assuming a more infantile state
3 the relation between selected values of x and observed values of y (from which the most probable value of y can be predicted for any value of x) [syn: simple regression, regression toward the mean, statistical regression]
4 returning to a former state [syn: regress, reversion, retrogression, retroversion]

User Contributed Dictionary




  • (Canada) /rəˈɡrɛʃən/


  1. An action of regressing, a return to a previous state.
    • 1899: Thorstein Veblen, The Theory of the Leisure Class
      Few of these groups or communities that are classed as "savage" show no traces of regression from a more advanced cultural stage.
  2. A psychotherapeutic method whereby healing is facilitated by inducing the patient to act out behaviour typical of a an earlier developmental stage.
  3. An analytic method to measure the relationship between two or more variables.
  4. An equation using specified and associated data for two or more variables such that one variable can be estimated from the remaining variable(s).



an action of regressing, a return to a previous state
an analytic method to measure the relationship between two variables
  • Finnish: regressio
  • Japanese: 回帰 (kaiki)
  • Norwegian: regresjon




Extensive Definition

Regression could refer to:
regression in Czech: Regrese
regression in Danish: Regression
regression in German: Regression
regression in French: Régression
regression in Polish: Regresja
regression in Russian: Регресс
regression in Slovak: Regresia
regression in Sundanese: Régrési
regression in Swedish: Regression
regression in Turkish: Regresyon

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Brownian movement, Freudian fixation, about-face, advance, angular motion, arrested development, ascending, ascent, atavism, axial motion, backflowing, backing, backset, backsliding, backward deviation, backward motion, career, climbing, comedown, course, current, debasement, decadence, decadency, declension, declination, decline, deformation, degeneracy, degenerateness, degeneration, degradation, demotion, depravation, depravedness, depreciation, derogation, descending, descent, deterioration, devolution, disenchantment, downtrend, downturn, downward mobility, downward motion, downward trend, drift, driftage, drop, dying, ebb, ebbing, effeteness, fading, failing, failure, failure of nerve, fall, falling back, falling-off, father fixation, fixation, flight, flip-flop, flow, flux, forward motion, infantile fixation, involution, lapse, libido fixation, loss of tone, mother fixation, mounting, oblique motion, ongoing, onrush, parent fixation, passage, plunging, pregenital fixation, progress, radial motion, random motion, recidivation, recidivism, reclamation, reconversion, recrudescence, recurrence, reflowing, refluence, reflux, regress, rehabilitation, reinstatement, relapse, renewal, restitution, restoration, retreat to immaturity, retrocession, retrogradation, retrogression, retroversion, return, returning, reversal, reverse, reversion, reverting, revulsion, rising, run, rush, set, setback, sideward motion, sinking, slippage, slipping back, slump, soaring, sternway, stream, subsiding, throwback, traject, trajet, trend, turn, turnabout, upward motion, wane
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