Definition of regression in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈɡrɛʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1A return to a former or less developed state: it is easy to blame unrest on economic regression
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  • Will regression afflict the developing countries as aging weakens the industrial world?
  • The extent of the economic regression for many countries is astonishing, as is the pace of economic advancement for a small number of countries.
  • It was murder for the sport and pleasure of the crowd - a regression to the moral sewer into which the Roman Empire fell in the era immediately preceding its collapse.
1.1A return to an earlier stage of life or a supposed previous life, especially through hypnosis: the details recalled by Carol during the regression [as modifier]: regression therapy [count noun]: a past-life regression
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  • Many people have experimented with past life regression under hypnosis and claim to recall experiences from previous existences.
  • Has anyone experienced past-life regression via hypnosis or other means?
  • It seems likely that most so-called past life regressions induced through hypnosis are confabulations fed by cryptomnesia.
1.2A lessening of the severity of a disease or its symptoms: there was 46.7 per cent complete regression in the placebo group
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  • So, they gave the credit of the natural regression of the disease to the bedrest on which everyone was placed.
  • The remaining 130 patients had spontaneous regression of disease.
  • In addition, later biopsies may show disease progression or regression.
2 Statistics A measure of the relation between the mean value of one variable (e.g. output) and corresponding values of other variables (e.g. time and cost).
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  • We present the results of the linear regression analyses as relative risks and 95% confidence intervals.
  • The dependent variables for the linear regression models are the percentages of expected corn and soybean production forward priced.
  • Bivariate and multivariate logistic regression were the statistical analyses employed in this study.
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