Definition of repressive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈpresɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈpresɪv//
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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
  3. Extra examples He is an outspoken critic of the country’s repressive government. His rule was both repressive and corrupt. It was described as one of the world’s most repressive regimes. The government used the incident to justify more repressive measures against the unions.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: repressive