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retrograde adj
1 moving from east to west on the celestial sphere; or--for planets--around the sun in a direction opposite to that of the Earth [ant: direct]
2 of amnesia; affecting time immediately preceding trauma [ant: anterograde]
3 going from better to worse [syn: retrogressive]
4 moving or directed or tending in a backward direction or contrary to a previous direction [syn: retral]


1 move backward in an orbit, of celestial bodies
2 move in a direction contrary to the usual one; "retrograding planets"
3 move back; "The glacier retrogrades" [syn: retreat]
4 go back over; "retrograde arguments" [syn: rehash, hash over]
5 get worse; fall back to a previous or worse condition [syn: regress, retrogress] [ant: progress]

User Contributed Dictionary



Adjective: Middle English from Latin retrogradus. Verb: Latin retrogredi or Late Latin retrogredere (retro- "back" + gradi "walk").


  1. Directed backwards, retreating; reverting especially inferior state, declining; inverse, reverse; movement opposite to normal or intended motion, often circular motion.
  2. Counterproductive to a desired outcome.

See also


  1. A degenerate person.


  1. To move backwards; to recede; to retire; to decline; to revert.
  2. In the context of "intransitive|astronomy": To show retrogradation.



  1. Feminine plural form of retrogrado

Extensive Definition

Retrograde is a retreating motion studied in multiple fields:
retrograde in Dutch: Retrograad

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