- tending or serving to repress: repressive laws.
Origin of repressive
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- acting to control, suppress, or restrain
- subjecting people, a society, etc, to a state of subjugation
Word Origin and History for repressively
early 15c., from Middle French repressif, from Latin repress-, past participle stem of reprimere (see repress). Related: Repressively.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Causing or inclined to cause repression.
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