Not kidding at all pro·gres·sive (prə-grĕs′ĭv) adj. 1. Moving forward; advancing. 2. Proceeding in steps; continuing steadily by increments: progressive change. 3. Open to or favoring new ideas, policies, or methods: a progressive politician; progressive business leadership. 4. Progressive Of or relating to a Progressive Party: the Progressive platform of 1924. 5. Of or relating to progressive education: a progressive school. 6. Increasing in rate as the taxable amount increases: a progressive income tax. 7. Tending to become more severe or wider in scope: progressive paralysis. 8. Grammar Designating a verb form that expresses an action or condition in progress. 9. Music Of or being a style that emphasizes virtuoso technique, rhythmic and melodic complexity, and unconventionalforms and instrumentation: progressive rock; progressive jazz. n. 1. A person who is open to or favors new ideas, policies, or methods, especially in politics. 2. Progressive A member or supporter of a Progressive Party. 3. Grammar A progressive verb form. Just because everyone has their own opinion on it doesnt mean that there is no original standardized meaning. This is the case with most concepts to some degree.