repressive

[ ri-pres-iv ]
/ rɪˈprɛs ɪv /

adjective

tending or serving to repress: repressive laws.

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Origin of repressive

1375–1425; late Middle English <Medieval Latin repressīvus<Latin repress(us) (see repress) + -īvus-ive

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British Dictionary definitions for repressive

repressive
/ (rɪˈprɛsɪv) /

adjective

acting to control, suppress, or restrain
subjecting people, a society, etc, to a state of subjugation

Derived forms of repressive

repressively, adverbrepressiveness, noun
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Medical definitions for repressive

repressive
[ rĭ-prĕsĭv ]

adj.

Causing or inclined to cause repression.
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