Definition of repressive in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈprɛsɪv/


1(Especially of a social or political system) inhibiting or restraining personal freedom: a repressive regime
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  • It is also a politically safe position for the narrator who must negotiate his way through a repressive political system.
  • France was ruled by an absolutist monarchy and dominated by a repressive mercantilist economic policy regime.
  • In any case, when we look at women's resistance to government pressure, I think we should avoid the temptation to turn them into pure political subversives critiquing a repressive government.
1.1Inhibiting or preventing the expression or awareness of thoughts or desires: a repressive moral code
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  • This is evident not only in the imposition of an alien, Eurocentric repressive moral code, but also in acts of violence and sexual exploitation.
  • Neil Cox presents a long-overdue discussion of the Surrealist fascination with the Marquis de Sade, which he argues was based on the theme of ‘desire frustrated by repressive authority’.
  • As the story proceeds, the stirring of these erotic impulses in the midst of a society governed by a strict, repressive code of honor creates unpredictable complications.



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  • Unlike most Americans, having lived in the Soviet Union, I have some experiences of a society where a national ID system was used relatively repressively.
  • For Michel, the authority of the museum operates in tandem with the authority of the state, and both function repressively to produce a passive viewer/subject.
  • When tracing minorities over time, we have repeatedly observed that violent political action follows a period of nonviolent activity that was either ignored or dealt with repressively.


Pronunciation: /rɪˈprɛsɪvnəs/
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  • A whole school of British film and television drama perpetuates the romanticized myth of working-class life - a kind of ‘noble savage’ genre that utterly falsifies the grim repressiveness that this life actually embodies.
  • The casual repressiveness of these images, the one frightening, the other poignant, itself seems sewn into the very fabric of Afghani society.
  • This was because of its repressiveness, which weakened its apparatus and opened up the need for public participation.

Words that rhyme with repressive

aggressive, compressive, concessive, degressive, depressive, digressive, excessive, expressive, impressive, obsessive, oppressive, possessive, progressive, recessive, regressive, retrogressive, successive, transgressive

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