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English definition of “repressive”

repressive

adjective uk   /rɪˈpres.ɪv/ us  
controlling what people do, especially by using force: a repressive military regimeRuling and governing preventing people from expressing their feelingsPreventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
repressiveness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Ruling and governing
(Definition of repressive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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