View synonyms for repressive


[ ri-pres-iv ]


  1. tending or serving to repress:

    repressive laws.

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Other Words From

  • re·pressive·ly adverb
  • re·pressive·ness noun
  • nonre·pressive adjective
  • unre·pressive adjective
  • unre·pressive·ly adverb
  • unre·pressive·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of repressive1

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

We may worry about what obstacles they’ll run into while living in such a repressive time.

In Afghanistan we kicked out the Taliban because we said, not incorrectly, that they were harboring al-Qaeda who had seriously hurt our people and were also horrible and repressive.

From Time

Since becoming president of Belarus in 1994, Alexander Lukashenko has built Europe’s most repressive police state and ruthlessly used his power to stay in office as a dictator.

To repressive regimes — including many in the Middle East — a failure of Tunisia’s experiment will be used to remind those seeking change that democracy isn’t the panacea they think it is.

From Ozy

Their goal was to intimidate the media and prevent coverage of the civil rights movement and local officials’ repressive and often brutal responses to it.

The atmosphere on campuses has gotten repressive enough that comedian Chris Rock no longer plays colleges.

A society that was exclusive and repressive is now freer and more open.

What future repressive policies will these killings be used to justify?

Repressive regimes forced the people here to join parties and causes.

By restricting aid to only registered groups, the State Department is colluding with repressive regimes, fear democracy advocates.

Thereafter severe repressive measures were taken to curtail its power.

When Gage went out to enforce the repressive acts neither he nor those who sent him thought that his task would be hard.

Furthermore, the repressive character of the sanctions which are attached to it is sensibly less accentuated.

More repressive edicts were issued, with the usual result, that secret societies multiplied everywhere.

Advancing years failed to reconcile Punch to the non-repressive method.


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