- tending or serving to repress: repressive laws.
Origin of repressive
Examples from the Web for repressive
A society that was exclusive and repressive is now freer and more open.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Sept 8-14
September 14, 2014
What future repressive policies will these killings be used to justify?One Former Hostage Says Negotiate With ISIS, And Pay Ransoms If You Must
September 6, 2014
Repressive regimes forced the people here to join parties and causes.On the Ground, Collaborators With ISIS Could Be Its Big Weakness
Christine van den Toorn
August 30, 2014
By restricting aid to only registered groups, the State Department is colluding with repressive regimes, fear democracy advocates.Obama’s Budget Fails Democracy Promotion Abroad
June 12, 2014
These tactics are accompanied by other repressive measures—including, increasingly, online media censorship.Why Snowden’s ‘Challenge’ to Putin on Russian Surveillance Doesn’t Matter
April 20, 2014
It is repressive of freedom, and the reason is that its doctrine is after all no more than negative.History of Religion
The repressive system may check unruliness, but can never influence for good.Criminal Man
But of government only as a directing and repressive power.'Socialism As It Is
William English Walling
What he wants to abolish is the repressive, not the productive state.A Preface to Politics
It is neither warm nor chill, neither moist nor dry; but it is repressive.
- acting to control, suppress, or restrain
- subjecting people, a society, etc, to a state of subjugation
Word Origin and History for repressive
early 15c., from Middle French repressif, from Latin repress-, past participle stem of reprimere (see repress). Related: Repressively.
- Causing or inclined to cause repression.