I'm looking for a word that means returning to the past or embracing old values, but words like "regression," "retrogression," and "atavism" all seem to have negative connotations attached to them.

Is there such a word that means "regression" in a positive sense?

  • Perhaps "conservative" or "traditionalist"? The problem, as I see it, is that regression, et al. carry a connotation of moving backwards. However (and correct me if I'm wrong), you're trying to positively express the adoption of traditional values.
    – Nick2253
    Dec 10, 2014 at 17:30
  • I'm trying to use the word in context of the Renaissance, where going back to ancient times and embracing Classical works/values became popular. Dec 10, 2014 at 21:57
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    'Restoration' doesn't seem to have negative connotations (for the process). Dec 10, 2014 at 22:52
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    Regression itself is positive, if it is regression from something negative. Regression of a cancerous growth is a good thing.
    – Drew
    Dec 11, 2014 at 2:14
  • If you are trying to use the word in the context of the Renaissance, then how about "Renaissance" itself, meaning rebirth?
    – Sc0ttyD
    Dec 11, 2014 at 19:58

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You might call this a revival of the old value, or a return to form.

  • Amusingly enough, this answer earned me the revival badge.
    – Kevin
    Jan 13, 2015 at 19:39

since you mentioned the word embracing, you could simply say "re-embracing" other alternatives might include "returning to [innocence, your youth, your culture, your values, your real self ] "

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