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repressive

[ri-pres-iv]
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adjective
  1. tending or serving to repress: repressive laws.

Origin of repressive

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin repressīvus < Latin repress(us) (see repress) + -īvus -ive
Related formsre·pres·sive·ly, adverbre·pres·sive·ness, nounnon·re·pres·sive, adjectiveun·re·pres·sive, adjectiveun·re·pres·sive·ly, adverbun·re·pres·sive·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for repressively

Historical Examples

  • "It is very neatly made," returned Mrs. Forbes repressively.

    Jewel

    Clara Louise Burnham

  • "I never have whisky in the house," said Miss Coppinger repressively.

    Mount Music

    E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross


British Dictionary definitions for repressively

repressive

adjective
  1. acting to control, suppress, or restrain
  2. subjecting people, a society, etc, to a state of subjugation
Derived Formsrepressively, adverbrepressiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for repressively

repressive

adj.

early 15c., from Middle French repressif, from Latin repress-, past participle stem of reprimere (see repress). Related: Repressively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

repressively in Medicine

repressive

(rĭ-prĕsĭv)
adj.
  1. Causing or inclined to cause repression.
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