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
Related formsre·pres·sive·ly, adverbre·pres·sive·ness, nounnon·re·pres·sive, adjectiveun·re·pres·sive, adjectiveun·re·pres·sive·ly, adverbun·re·pres·sive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of repressively

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


    Clara Louise Burnham

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

    Mount Music

    E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross

British Dictionary definitions for repressively



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 repressively



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 repressively




Causing or inclined to cause repression.
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