repressive

  • 1Repressive — Re*press ive (r? pr?s ?v), a. [Cf. F. r[ e]pressif. LL. repressivus.] Having power, or tending, to repress; as, repressive acts or measures. {Re*press ive*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2repressive — index dictatorial, prohibitive (restrictive), restrictive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3repressive — 1590s; see REPRESS (Cf. repress) + IVE (Cf. ive) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4repressive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ inhibiting or restraining personal freedom; oppressive. DERIVATIVES repressively adverb repressiveness noun …

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  • 5repressive — re|pres|sive [rıˈpresıv] adj 1.) a repressive government or law controls people in a cruel and severe way = ↑oppressive ▪ a repressive regime ▪ repressive measures 2.) not allowing the expression of feelings or desires, especially sexual ones… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 6repressive — adjective a repressive system of government or law is severe and cruel: a repressive regime, which imprisoned thousands | an old fashioned and repressive education system repressively adverb repressiveness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 7repressive — adjective Serving to repress or suppress; oppressive Human law is indeed repressive, but repressive on moral principles comprehensively applied to the whole community, and commanding the approval of the moral sense of the governed …

    Wiktionary

  • 8répressive — ● répressif, répressive adjectif (latin repressum, de reprimere, réprimer) Qui sert à réprimer, dont le contenu est fait de contraintes : Une éducation répressive. Qui use de répression pour se faire obéir. Qui juge en matière pénale …

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  • 9repressive — adj. repressive of * * * [rɪ presɪv] repressive of …

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  • 10repressive — re|pres|sive [ rı presıv ] adjective ruling or controlling people by the use of force or violence, or by laws that put unreasonable limits on their freedom: a repressive regime repressive legislation ╾ re|pres|sive|ly adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11repressive — [[t]rɪpre̱sɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) A repressive government is one that restricts people s freedom and controls them by using force. The military regime in power was unpopular and repressive. Derived words: repressively ADV GRADED ADV… …

    English dictionary

  • 12repressive — UK [rɪˈpresɪv] / US adjective ruling or controlling people by the use of force or violence, or by laws that put unreasonable limits on their freedom a repressive regime repressive legislation Derived word: repressively adverb …

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  • 13repressive — repressively, adv. repressiveness, n. /ri pres iv/, adj. tending or serving to repress: repressive laws. [1375 1425; late ME < ML repressivus < L repress(us) (see REPRESS) + ivus IVE] * * * …

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  • 14repressive — re·pres·sive ri pres iv adj tending to repress or to cause repression &LT;repressive psychological defenses&GT; …

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  • 15repressive — adj. Repressive is used with these nouns: ↑apparatus, ↑dictatorship, ↑measure, ↑regime, ↑system …

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  • 16repressive — adjective a repressive military regime Syn: oppressive, authoritarian, despotic, tyrannical, dictatorial, fascist, autocratic, totalitarian, undemocratic …

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  • 17repressive — re•pres•sive [[t]rɪˈprɛs ɪv[/t]] adj. tending or serving to repress: repressive laws[/ex] re•pres′sive•ly, adv. re•pres′sive•ness, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18repressive — adjective restrictive of action (Freq. 1) a repressive regime an overly strict and inhibiting discipline • Syn: ↑inhibitory, ↑repressing • Similar to: ↑restrictive …

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  • 19repressive — adjective see repress …

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  • 20repressive — Synonyms and related words: absolute, absolutist, absolutistic, arbitrary, aristocratic, arrogant, authoritarian, authoritative, autocratic, bossy, brutal, choking, constraining, constrictive, contrary, counterproductive, crosswise, despotic,&#8230; …

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