Meaning of regression

re•gres•sion

Pronunciation: (ri-gresh'un), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of going back to a previous place or state; return or reversion.
  2. retrogradation; retrogression.
  3. reversion to an earlier or less advanced state or form or to a common or general type.
  4. the reversion to a chronologically earlier or less adapted pattern of behavior and feeling.
  5. a subsidence of a disease or its manifestations: a regression of symptoms.
—adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or determined by regression analysis: regression curve; regression equation.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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