Etymology 1Edit

From Latin degressio, from degressus + -io (forming abstract nouns from verbs), past perfect participle of degredi (to descend by steps), from de- (down) + gradi (to step, walk, go)


degression (countable and uncountable, plural degressions)

  1. (obsolete) Descent, the act of descending.
    • 1486, Henry VII at York in Surtees Misc., 55:
      For your blode this citie made never degression.
  2. (economics) Degressive taxation, a system of progressive decreases in a rate of taxation (as tariffs etc.) below certain benchmarks.
    • 1896, R.H.I. Palgrave, Dictionary of Political Economy, volume II, page 244:
      Graduated taxation therefore technically includes progression, degression, and regression.
  3. (publishing) Degressive description, a system of varying descriptions of a book in accordance to its importance or available space.
    • 1908, F. Madan in Transactions of the Bibliographical Society, number 9, page 53:
      The principle of degression... It may therefore be worth while to suggest four forms for the description of a book, showing by degressive changes what details may fairly be omitted in short descriptions.
Related termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

See digression.


degression (plural degressions)

  1. Obsolete spelling of digression.