[ US /ɹiˈpɹɛsɪv/ ]
[ UK /ɹɪpɹˈɛsɪv/ ]
  1. restrictive of action
    a repressive regime
    an overly strict and inhibitory discipline
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How To Use repressive In A Sentence

  • The hostage-takers Bowden spoke with expressed little regret at their seizure of the embassy, but most, like Mirdamadi, lamented the role they played in cementing the repressive rule of the clerics. Into the Den of Spies
  • With those resources, there's no need to plunder the Arctic Wildlife Refuge or support repressive regimes like the Saudi monarchy.
  • This only ends up securing unequal, repressive, and intolerant societies.
  • In the face of repressive regimes, the peasantry have shown a capacity and willingness to organise and mobilise.
  • Conversely, a claim of a right to secede from a repressive dictatorship may be regarded as legitimate.
  • Nor should the irony of this be overlooked, given Hanson's stridently self-righteous defense of free speech in the face of repressive political correctness.
  • ‘All dictatorships are sexually repressive and anti-life,’ he claims.
  • They also want all prisoners detained during the revolution to be released and for the repressive emergency law to be repealed. Times, Sunday Times
  • The philosophes criticized the ancien regime of religious superstition and dogmatism, hidebound social traditions, and repressive morality.
  • Tyrannical and repressive non-colonial regimes might be supported if they could be presented as allies against Communism, but it was not always possible to go on making excuses for them.
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