I am a native German speaker and wanted to ask

1) if it is meaningful to use "advanced progressive", both words together
2) what is the exact meaning of these using in combination?


"advanced progressive software systems"

Does it make sense?

  • I assume progressive = favouring social reform. If not, please explain what you want it to mean. I know they're making great strides in artificial intelligence these days, but I don't think there's anything like that in the world of software yet. Advanced incremental software?? Mar 13, 2016 at 17:12
  • I want the meaning like "future oriented, next, complex, highly developed software systems"
    – STORM
    Mar 13, 2016 at 17:14
  • progressive can mean anything that moves forward in increments: this is probably not the sense that you want to give. If you want to say that you are doing stuff that has not been done before, you can say that it's leading edge, or at the cutting edge, or pushing back the boundaries.
    – JavaLatte
    Mar 13, 2016 at 17:24
  • 3
    These terms are nearly vacant. "Advanced" is so overused in information systems that it is virtually meaningless in that context. For example, search for 'starting with' advanced here: corporations.pa.gov/search/corpsearch
    – TimR
    Mar 14, 2016 at 0:57

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Saying 'advanced progressive' is overloading the phrase, in my opinion, since the two terms are expressing the same thing, i.e that this software is high tech.

If this was present in marketing text then you would convey the meaning you want, though it wouldn't sound great.

If I was editing this I would conjunct the two terms ("advanced and progressive software"). Either that or I would remove the word progressive, as it fits the meaning you are trying to convey less then the word advanced.

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