repressive

[ ri-pres-iv ]
/ rɪˈprɛs ɪv /

adjective

tending or serving to repress: repressive laws.

Nearby words

  1. repress,
  2. repressed,
  3. represser,
  4. repressible enzyme,
  5. repression,
  6. repressively,
  7. repressor,
  8. repressor gene,
  9. reprieval,
  10. reprieve

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 Formsrepressively, adverbrepressiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for repressive

repressive

adj.

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

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Medicine definitions for repressive

repressive

[ rĭ-prĕsĭv ]

adj.

Causing or inclined to cause repression.

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