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progressive
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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Definition
favoring political change or new ideas (typically associated with liberal causes); or a person with such beliefs

or:

gradually getting more severe — as of a disease or other condition

or:

gradually advancing (making progress)
  • "Coeducation," the headmaster said, "is a part of the future of any progressive school."
    p. 333.6
  • Although the newer, more progressive-minded faculty complained about Archie Thorndike's reluctance to change a single course requirement—not to mention his views of "the whole boy"—the headmaster had no enemies.
    p. 301.7

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