Definition of regression in English:


Line breaks: re|gres¦sion
Pronunciation: /rɪˈgrɛʃ(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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