Digress vs. Regress

Digress vs. Regress — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Digress and Regress

Digressverb

To stray temporarily from the topic at hand, as in delivering a speech or engaging in a discussion.

Regressverb

To return to a previous, usually worse or less developed state

When I left the country, my ability to speak the language regressed.

Digressverb

(intransitive) To step or turn aside; to deviate; to swerve; especially, to turn aside from the main subject of attention, or course of argument, in writing or speaking.

Regressverb

To have a tendency to approach or go back to a statistical mean.

Digressverb

(intransitive) To turn aside from the right path; to transgress; to offend.

Regressverb

To move backward or away from a reference point; recede

The seas regressed as the glaciers grew larger.
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Digressverb

lose clarity or turn aside especially from the main subject of attention or course of argument in writing, thinking, or speaking;

She always digresses when telling a storyher mind wandersDon't digress when you give a lecture

Regressverb

To induce a state of regression in

techniques to regress a patient under hypnosis.

Digressverb

wander from a direct or straight course

Regressnoun

The act of regressing, especially the returning to a previous, usually worse or less developed state.

Regressnoun

The act of reasoning backward from an effect to a cause or of continually applying a process of reasoning to its own results.

Regressnoun

The act of passing back; passage back; return; retrogression.

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Regressnoun

The power or liberty of passing back.

Regressnoun

In property law, the right of a person (such as a lessee) to return to a property.

Regressverb

(intransitive) To move backwards to an earlier stage; to devolve.

Regressverb

To move from east to west.

Regressverb

To perform a regression on an explanatory variable.

When we regress Y on X, we use the values of variable X to predict those of Y.

Regressnoun

the reasoning involved when you assume the conclusion is true and reason backward to the evidence

Regressnoun

returning to a former state

Regressverb

go back to a statistical means

Regressverb

go back to a previous state;

We reverted to the old rules

Regressverb

get worse; fall back to a previous or worse condition

Regressverb

go back to bad behavior;

Those who recidivate are often minor criminals