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- Directed backwards, retreating; reverting, especially to an inferior state, declining; inverse, reverse; movement opposite to normal or intended motion, often circular motion.
- retrograde ideas, morals, etc.
- 1975, Saul Bellow, Humboldt's Gift [Avon ed., 1976, p. 74]:
- Such retrograde people still exist, resisting modernity, dragging their feet.
- Counterproductive to a desired outcome.
- (astronomy, of a body orbiting another) In the opposite direction to the orbited body's spin.
- (geology) Describing a metamorphic change resulting from a decreasing pressure or temperature.
- (by extension, of a person) A person who opposes social reforms, favoring the maintenance of the status quo, conservative.
(astronomy) In the opposite direction to the orbited body's spin
(geology) Describing a metamorphic change
retrograde (plural retrogrades)
- A degenerate person.
- (music) The reversal of a melody so that what is played first in the original melody is played last and what is played last in the original melody is played first.
- (intransitive) To move backwards; to recede; to retire; to decline; to revert.
- 1845, Joseph C. Neal, “The Moral of Goslyne Greene, who was Born to a Fortune”, in The Gift: A Christmas, New Year, and Birthday Present, Philadelphia, Pa.: Carey and Hart, OCLC 2914286, page 68:
- A dabble in the stocks does not always turn out profitably; cotton is sometimes heavy on our hands, and real estate will sulkily retrograde, when, by the calculation, it ought to have advanced.
- (intransitive, astronomy) To show retrogradation.
to move backwards, recede, retire, decline, revert
astronomy: to show retrogradation
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- inflection of :
- First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of retrogradar.
- Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of retrogradar.
- Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of retrogradar.
- Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of retrogradar.