Serving to repress or suppress; oppressive

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

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  • Repressive — Re*press ive (r? pr?s ?v), a. [Cf. F. r[ e]pressif. LL. repressivus.] Having power, or tending, to repress; as, repressive acts or measures. {Re*press ive*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • repressive — index dictatorial, prohibitive (restrictive), restrictive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • repressive — 1590s; see REPRESS (Cf. repress) + IVE (Cf. ive) …   Etymology dictionary

  • repressive — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ inhibiting or restraining personal freedom; oppressive. DERIVATIVES repressively adverb repressiveness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • repressive — re|pres|sive [rıˈpresıv] adj 1.) a repressive government or law controls people in a cruel and severe way = ↑oppressive ▪ a repressive regime ▪ repressive measures 2.) not allowing the expression of feelings or desires, especially sexual ones… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • repressive — adjective a repressive system of government or law is severe and cruel: a repressive regime, which imprisoned thousands | an old fashioned and repressive education system repressively adverb repressiveness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • répressive — ● répressif, répressive adjectif (latin repressum, de reprimere, réprimer) Qui sert à réprimer, dont le contenu est fait de contraintes : Une éducation répressive. Qui use de répression pour se faire obéir. Qui juge en matière pénale …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • repressive — adj. repressive of * * * [rɪ presɪv] repressive of …   Combinatory dictionary

  • repressive — re|pres|sive [ rı presıv ] adjective ruling or controlling people by the use of force or violence, or by laws that put unreasonable limits on their freedom: a repressive regime repressive legislation ╾ re|pres|sive|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • repressive — [[t]rɪpre̱sɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) A repressive government is one that restricts people s freedom and controls them by using force. The military regime in power was unpopular and repressive. Derived words: repressively ADV GRADED ADV… …   English dictionary

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