Left vs Progressive - What's the difference?

left | progressive |

As nouns the difference between left and progressive

is that left is air while progressive is a member or supporter of a.

As an adjective progressive is

belonging to or supporting a.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) left, luft, leoft, lift, lyft, from (etyl) left, . More at (l), (l).


  • The opposite of right; toward the west when one is facing north.
  • Turn left at the corner.
  • (politics) pertaining to the political left; liberal.
  • Synonyms
    * left-hand * sinister * sinistral
    * right
    Derived terms
    * left-hand * left-handed * left wing * two left feet


  • On the left side.
  • Towards the left side.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • The left side or direction.
  • (politics) The ensemble of left-wing political parties. Those holding left-wing views as a group.
  • The political left is not holding enough power.
  • (boxing) A punch delivered with the left fist.
  • Synonyms
    * (left side or direction) , port * (politics)
    Derived terms
    * lefty * to the left

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) left, variant of . More at leave.


  • (leave).
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  • Remaining.
  • Etymology 3

    From a verbal use of . More at leave.


  • (Ireland, colloquial) permitted, allowed to proceed.
  • We were not left go to the beach after school except on a weekend.


    * The Concise Dictionary of English Etymology, Walter W. Skeat.






    (en adjective)
  • Favouring or promoting progress; advanced.
  • Gradually advancing in extent; increasing.
  • Promoting or favoring progress towards improved conditions or new policies, ideas or methods.
  • a progressive politician
    progressive business leadership
  • Of or relating to progressive education.
  • a progressive school
  • (of an income tax or other tax) Increasing in rate as the taxable amount increases.
  • Advancing in severity.
  • progressive paralysis
  • liberal (politically)
  • (grammar) continuous
  • Antonyms

    * regressive * (advancing in severity) non-progressive * conservative

    Derived terms

    * progressive euchre * progressiveness * progressivism * progressivity


    (en noun)
  • A person who actively favors or strives for progress towards improved conditions, as in society or government.
  • (grammar) A progressive verb.
  • Derived terms

    * future perfect progressive * future progressive * past perfect progressive * past progressive * present perfect progressive * present progressive