Definition of degressive in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈɡrɛsɪv/


1Reducing by gradual amounts.
Example sentences
  • You repay the amount borrowed with a degressive repayment plan.
  • If the barrel cannot be made very long, it is better to use a degressive propellant to achieve the maximum exit velocity in a limited distance.
  • It must be degressive and be granted for no more than five years.
1.1(Of taxation) at successively lower rates on lower amounts.
Example sentences
  • Recent flat tax proposals are more similar to a degressive flat tax than to a ‘true’ flat tax.
  • But why not go a step further and improve incentives across the board by creating a degressive tax?
  • A switch to a degressive system would be associated with a shift in tax burden from lower to upper and especially middle income families.


Late 19th century: from Latin degress- 'descended' (from the verb degredi, from de- 'down' + gradi 'walk') + -ive.

Words that rhyme with degressive

aggressive, compressive, concessive, depressive, digressive, excessive, expressive, impressive, obsessive, oppressive, possessive, progressive, recessive, regressive, repressive, retrogressive, successive, transgressive

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