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Definition of retrograde:

  1. Apparently moving backward, and contrary to the succession of the signs, that is, from east to west, as a planet.
  2. Declining from a better to a worse state; as, a retrograde people; retrograde ideas, morals, etc.
  3. Hence, to decline from a better to a worse condition, as in morals or intelligence.
  4. Tending or moving backward; having a backward course; contrary; as, a retrograde motion; - opposed to progressive.
  5. To go in a retrograde direction; to move, or appear to move, backward, as a planet.


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