Definition of oppressiveness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈpresɪvnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈpresɪvnəs//
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  1. 1the tendency of a government to treat people in a cruel and unfair way, not giving them freedom, rights, etc. the oppressiveness of the regime
  2. 2the fact of the weather being extremely hot and unpleasant with a lack of fresh air the oppressiveness of the climate
  3. 3the fact of a situation or relationship making you feel unhappy and anxious the oppressiveness of life in a small town