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transgressive

[ trans-gres-iv, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈgrɛs ɪv, trænz- /
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adjective
violating or challenging socially accepted standards of behavior, belief, morality, or taste: We welcome those who are engaged in consensual, albeit transgressive sexualities.Transgressive fiction focuses on characters who feel confined by the norms and expectations of society and who break free in unusual ways.
violating a law, rule, command, or duty, or causing harm by doing so: We need to develop principled arguments that demonstrate the essentially transgressive nature of activities that damage the natural environment.
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Origin of transgressive

First recorded in 1640–50; transgress + -ive
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British Dictionary definitions for transgressive

transgressive
/ (ˌtrænzˈɡrɛsɪv) /

adjective
going beyond acceptable boundaries of taste, convention, or the lawtransgressive art; transgressive pursuits

Derived forms of transgressive

transgressively, adverb
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