Definition of “oppressive” - English Dictionary

“oppressive” in British English

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oppressiveadjective

uk /əˈpres.ɪv/ us /əˈpres.ɪv/
oppressively
adverb uk /əˈpres.ɪv.li/ us /əˈpres.ɪv.li/

It was oppressively hot on the bus.
oppressiveness
noun [ U ] uk /əˈpres.ɪv.nəs/ us /əˈpres.ɪv.nəs/

(Definition of “oppressive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“oppressive” in American English

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oppressiveadjective

us /əˈpres·ɪv/

oppressive adjective (MAKING UNCOMFORTABLE)

Oppressive weather is hot, with a lot of wetness in the air.

(Definition of “oppressive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)