People who are progressive favor reform and believe that government should play a big role in improving society. This word is the opposite of conservative, which means "favoring tradition; resistant to change."

Although it's often used in political contexts as a synonym of liberal, progressive can also be used in a more general sense. You're a progressive thinker if you like to come up with new ways of doing things and you’re open to change. A progressive tax increases the tax rate in increments: higher earners pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes. In the field of grammar, progressive refers to a type of verb tense that describes ongoing action. This word applies to lots of things that slowly increase, change, or progress.

Definitions of progressive
  1. adjective
    favoring or promoting progress
    progressive schools”
    at or near or directed toward the front
    having highly developed industries
    advanced, forward-looking, innovative, modern
    ahead of the times
    advancing, forward, forward-moving
    moving forward
    modernised, modernized
    brought up to date
    the highest level of development at a particular time (especially the present time)
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    opposing progress; returning to a former less advanced state
    directed or facing toward the back or rear
    atavistic, throwback
    characteristic of an atavist
    retrograde, retrogressive
    going from better to worse
    returning, reverting
    tending to return to an earlier state
    unmodernised, unmodernized
    not brought up to date
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  2. adjective
    favoring or promoting reform (often by government action)
    synonyms: reform-minded, reformist
    tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition
  3. adjective
    (of taxes) adjusted so that the rate increases as the amount of income increases
    (of taxes) gradually decreasing in rate on sums below a certain amount
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    (of taxes) adjusted so that the rate decreases as the amount of income increases
  4. noun
    a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties
    synonyms: liberal, liberalist
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    conservative, conservativist
    a person who is reluctant to accept changes and new ideas
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    armchair liberal
    a person of liberal ideals who takes no action to realize them
    a person who is broad-minded and tolerant (especially in standards of religious belief and conduct)
    a liberal who subscribes to neoliberalism
    someone who believes that distinct ethnic or cultural or religious groups can exist together in society
    a member of the political party that urged social reform in 18th and 19th century England; was the opposition party to the Tories
    type of:
    adult, grownup
    a fully developed person from maturity onward
  5. adjective
    advancing in severity
    progressive paralysis”
    tending to become more severe or wider in scope
  6. adjective
    gradually advancing in extent
    becoming greater or larger
  7. noun
    a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on-going
    synonyms: continuous tense, imperfect, imperfect tense, progressive tense
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    present progressive, present progressive tense
    a tense used to express action that is on-going at the time of utterance
    past progressive, past progressive tense
    a progressive tense used to describe on-going action in the past
    future progressive, future progressive tense
    a progressive tense used to express action that will be on-going in the future
    type of:
    a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
  8. adjective
    (of a card game or a dance) involving a series of sections for which the participants successively change place or relative position
    progressive euchre”
    progressive tournaments”
    having a systematic arrangement; especially having elements succeeding in order according to rule
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