(Latin: back, backward, backwards; behind)
2. To return or revert to an earlier, inferior, or less complex condition; to degenerate or to deteriorate: When Jerry refused to spend any time doing his homework and so not passing his exams, he was retrogressed from going on to the next grade level and having to take the same courses again.
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2. A return to a former and to a less complex level of development or organization: The marine biologists were astonished to note the retrogression in many of the smaller life forms in their study of tidal pool organisms over a period of many years.
3. Etymology: from Latin retrogressus, past participle of retrogradi, "to move backward"; from retro-, "backward" + gradi, "to go, to step".
2. Tending to retrograde; that is, going or moving backward; declining from a better to a worse condition or situation.
2. Relating to the back part of the tongue; posterior to the tongue.
A return to an earlier or embryonic stage.2. A change for the worse.
2. An adjective-noun pairing generated by a change in the meaning of the noun, usually because of advances in technology.
3. A term; such as, acoustic guitar, coined in modification of the original referent (guitar) that was used alone, to distinguish it from a later contrastive development, again in reference to electric guitar.
4. A noun that has been forced to take on an adjective to stay up-to-date.
For instance, "real cream" and "live performance" are retronyms for "cream" and "performance" which have been brought about with the advent of "nondairy creamers" and "prerecorded performances".
"Watch" became "pocket watch" as a result of the introduction of the "wrist watch"; "pen" became "fountain pen", after the introduction of the "ball-point pen".