Definition of repressive adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    repressive

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//rɪˈprɛsɪv//
     
     
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  1. 1(of a system of government) controlling people by force and restricting their freedom synonym dictatorial, tyrannical a repressive regime/measure/law
  2. 2controlling emotions and desires and not allowing them to be expressed
repressively
 
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adverb
repressiveness
 
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noun [uncountable]
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