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Webster 1913 Edition


Repressive

Re-press′ive

(r?-pr?s′?v)
,
Adj.
[Cf. F.
répressif
. LL.
repressivus
.]
Having power, or tending, to repress;
as,
repressive
acts or measures
.
Re-press′ive-ly
,
adv.

Webster 1828 Edition


Repressive

REPRESS'IVE

,
Adj.
Having power to crush; tending to subdue or restrain.

Definition 2022


repressive

repressive

See also: répressive

English

Adjective

repressive (comparative more repressive, superlative most repressive)

  1. Serving to repress or suppress; oppressive
    • 1846 Allan Freer - The North British Review
      Human law is indeed repressive, but repressive on moral principles comprehensively applied to the whole community, and commanding the approval of the moral sense of the governed
    • 1989 Louis Henkin - Right V. Might
      First, the classical rule forbids any unilateral right to use force to overthrow a regime on the sole grounds that it is repressive in character.

Translations


German

Adjective

repressive

  1. inflected form of repressiv

Italian

Adjective

repressive

  1. Feminine plural form of repressivo