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- Rhymes: -ɛsɪv
- Not progressive; not contributing to progress.
- 1961 June, B. A. Haresnape, “Design on the railway: Part Four”, in Trains Illustrated, page 354:
- Introducing a comprehensive re-design scheme for the Canadian National Railways earlier this year, the Director of Public Relations, Mr. C. A. Harris, said a 1959 survey by his department had revealed that the railways were felt by the public to be unprogressive and slow to improve performance and service; the existing modernisation scheme had, he said, been lying like an iceberg, mostly beneath the surface.