[ ri-pres-iv ]
/ rɪˈprɛs ɪv /


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

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Examples from the Web for repressively

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

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

    Mount Music|E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross

British Dictionary definitions for repressively


/ (rɪˈprɛsɪv) /


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

Derived Forms

repressively, adverbrepressiveness, noun
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Medicine definitions for repressively


[ rĭ-prĕsĭv ]


Causing or inclined to cause repression.
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