Usage examples for regress

  1. We may go back as far as we please, but, at every step and stage of the regress we must find ourselves confronted with the same question, the same alternative- intelligent purpose or colossal chance." – A Candid Examination of Theism by George John Romanes
  2. But, indeed, such an act of courtesy would have been needless; for the first morsel of fish was hardly safe in poor Philammon's mouth, when the regress rushed upon him, caught him by the head, and covered him with rapturous kisses. – Hypatia or, New Foes with an Old Face by Charles Kingsley
  3. The plain fact is that human history is a strange blend of progress and regress it is the story of the rhythmic rise and fall of civilizations and empires, of gains made only to be lost and lost only to be fought for once again. – Christianity and Progress by Harry Emerson Fosdick
  4. The cinema and the public- house are the most convenient doors by which we can regress – A Dominie in Doubt by A. S. Neill
  5. When the fixed standard is investigated, it is found to depend on something else, and this on something else again in an infinite regress – John Dewey's logical theory by Delton Thomas Howard
  6. If we wish either to define progress or to make it, we must choose, arbitrarily or otherwise, some particular goal and say, definitely and decidedly, any movement which being continued in the same straight line leads to that goal is progress, every other movement is regress being necessarily away from the goal. – Evolution by Frank B. Jevons
  7. We are therefore left to face the fact that progress is only a possibility; and that amounts to saying that regress also is possible. – Evolution by Frank B. Jevons
  8. Also, progress in benevolence may co- exist with regress in fortitude and purity; progress in one point of morality with regress in another; progress in ethical judgment with regress in ethical practice. – The Faith of the Millions (2nd series) by George Tyrrell
  9. For aught that I know to the contrary, the archangels may be morally perfect- as an authority in such matters has told us that even " just men" may become,- and therefore, for aught that I know to the contrary, Professor Flint's regress of moral degrees ad infinitum, may be an ontological absurdity. – A Candid Examination of Theism by George John Romanes
  10. Such reversion or regressive metamorphosis is as much a part of the organism's evolution as its previous progressive metamorphosis; and progress and regress both are equally the result of adaptation to environment. – Evolution by Frank B. Jevons
  11. Hence, in essentially subordinate causes an infinite regress is impossible. – Ontology or the Theory of Being by Peter Coffey
  12. And the tendency of individual plays to regress to the main type has been a constant and on the whole perhaps the most potent force of the development. – Tragedy by Ashley H. Thorndike
  13. For the attempt to do so would involve us in an infinite regress wherein the number of syllogisms required would increase at each step in a geometrical ratio. – Deductive Logic by St. George Stock
  14. Unless we progress, we regress – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  15. Most of them will be shorter, however, and tend to regress toward the racial average. – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
  16. What one age or country is alive to, another may be dead to; nor can we pretend that here all is progress and no regress unless we are prepared to say that in no respect have we anything to learn from the past. – The Faith of the Millions (2nd series) by George Tyrrell