regress

To regress is to return to a former state or condition, and not usually in a good way. It often means "relapse" or "get worse."

First used in the late 14th century as a noun meaning "act of going back," regress originates from the Latin regress, meaning "a return." Many feel that the regress to anti-social behavior among teenagers is caused by violent video games, TV shows, and movies. A 30 year old forced to move back home may regress to old, childlike habits. It can also happen to someone's health, like when the condition of someone in recovery takes a turn for the worse.

Definitions of regress
  1. verb
    go back to a previous state
    synonyms: retrovert, return, revert, turn back
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    fall back, lapse, recidivate, relapse, retrogress
    go back to bad behavior
    resile
    return to the original position or state after being stretched or compressed
    go back, recover, recuperate
    regain a former condition after a financial loss
    rally, rebound
    return to a former condition
    type of:
    change by reversal, reverse, turn
    change to the contrary
  2. verb
    get worse or fall back to a previous condition
    synonyms: retrograde, retrogress
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    advance, come along, come on, get along, get on, progress, shape up
    develop in a positive way
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    drop off, fall back, fall behind, lose, recede
    retreat
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    decline, worsen
    grow worse
  3. verb
    go back to bad behavior
    synonyms: fall back, lapse, recidivate, relapse, retrogress
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    retrovert, return, revert, turn back
    go back to a previous state
  4. verb
    go back to a statistical means
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  5. noun
    returning to a former state
    synonyms: regression, retrogression, retroversion, reversion
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    reversal
    a change from one state to the opposite state
  6. noun
    the reasoning involved when you assume the conclusion is true and reason backward to the evidence
    synonyms: reasoning backward
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    abstract thought, logical thinking, reasoning
    thinking that is coherent and logical
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