regress
A strategy gives rise to a vicious regress if whatever problem it was designed to solve remains as much in need of the same treatment after its use as before. Thus a definition is (usually) viciously regressive if the term to be defined recurs in the definition. The definition ‘ x is good’ = ‘ x is something we think is good’, faces the question of what the word ‘good’ is doing on the right-hand side of the equation: what are we said to think about x ? Reapplication gives ‘ x is good’ = ‘ x is something we think is something we think is…’ and the procedure continues forever. A benign regress is a regress which involves no such failure. ‘It is true that p ’ = ‘it is true that it is true that…that p ’ without any worrisome change of content of what is said. There is frequently room for dispute about whether regresses are benign or vicious, since the issue will hinge on whether it is necessary to reapply the procedure. See also circle, vicious.

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  • Regress — Re gress (r? gr?s), n. [L. regressus, fr. regredi, regressus. See {Regrede}.] 1. The act of passing back; passage back; return; retrogression. The progress or regress of man . F. Harrison. [1913 Webster] 2. The power or liberty of passing back.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Regress — Re*gress (r?*gr?s ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Regressed} ( gr?st ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Regressing}.] To go back; to return to a former place or state. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • regress — regress. См. регресс. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • regress — I verb backslide, fall again into, fall back, fall behind, go back, move backward, pass back, recede, relapse, retrocede, retrograde, retrogress, return, reverse, revert, turn back II index decline, deteriorate, escheat, recidivate …   Law dictionary

  • Regress — Regress,der:⇨Entschädigung …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • Regress — »Rückgriff‹sanspruch› auf einen Zweit oder Hauptschuldner«: Das Fremdwort wurde im 16. Jh. aus lat. regressus »Rückkehr; Rückhalt, Zuflucht; Ersatzanspruch« entlehnt. Es wurde zunächst im Sinne von »Recht, auf etwas zurückzugreifen, etwas wieder… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • regress — is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable as a noun and with the stress on the second syllable as a verb …   Modern English usage

  • regress — [v] return to earlier way of doing things backslide, degenerate, deteriorate, ebb, fall away, fall back, fall off, go back, lapse, lose ground, recede, relapse, retreat, retrogress, revert, roll back, sink, throw back, turn back; concepts 633,698 …   New thesaurus

  • regress — ► VERB 1) return to a former state. 2) return mentally to a former stage of life or a supposed previous life. ► NOUN ▪ the action of regressing. ORIGIN Latin regredi go back, return …   English terms dictionary

  • regress — [rē′gres; ] for v. [ ri gres′] n. [ME regresse < L regressus, pp. of regredi, to go back, return < re , back + gradi, to go: see GRADE] 1. a going or coming back 2. the right or privilege of this 3. backward movement; retrogression vi. 1 …   English World dictionary

  • Regress — Unter Regress (lat. regressus für Rückschritt, Rückgriff) versteht man: den allgemeinen Regress im Sinne der Logik, siehe Regress (Logik) den Spezialfall in der Mathematik/Informatik/Logik den unendlichen Regress, siehe infiniter Regress den… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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