# Regression - definition, pronunciation, transcription

*Amer.*|rɪˈɡreʃn|

*Brit.*|rɪˈɡrɛʃ(ə)n|

#### noun

- an abnormal state in which development has stopped prematurely

- (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which you flee from reality by assuming a more infantile state

- the relation between selected values of x and observed values of y (from which the most probable value of y can be predicted for any value of x)

- returning to a former state

*(syn: fixation)*- (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which you flee from reality by assuming a more infantile state

- the relation between selected values of x and observed values of y (from which the most probable value of y can be predicted for any value of x)

- returning to a former state

*(syn: regress, retrogression, retroversion, reversion)*### Examples

...the regression to really childish behavior that boys often undergo when put in large groups...