Definition of repressive

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repressive


[ ri-

pres

-iv ]


/ rɪˈprɛs ɪv /


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adjective


tending or serving to

repress

:

repressive laws.

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Origin of


repressive

1375–1425; late Middle English <Medieval Latin

repressīvus

<Latin

repress

(

us

) (see

repress

) +

-īvus


-ive

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Example sentences from the Web for

repressive

If that was the true goal of Hamzah’s detention — to silence him, and the Jordanian public in the process — then it fits an increasingly

repressive

pattern by Abdullah.


Jordan’s royal family feud and alleged coup plot, explained



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Alex Ward



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April 9, 2021



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Vox

After an initial surge in popularity, he faced a backlash against his

repressive

tactics, often carried out by a nationwide network of security officials.


John Magufuli, Tanzanian president elected as an agent of reform, dies at 61



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Matt Schudel



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March 17, 2021



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Washington Post

In the months since a

repressive

national security law upended life in Hong Kong, numerous activists and politicians have fled the city for self-imposed exile abroad.


A new immigration law could make it harder for Hong Kongers to flee



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Mary Hui



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January 19, 2021



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Quartz

A raft of new,

repressive

laws sees Russia moving from partial to all-out authoritarianism, said Andrei Kolesnikov, a political analyst at the Moscow Carnegie Center.


In Russia, tough new laws and stepped-up defiance abroad mark Putin’s shift toward unfettered control



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Robyn Dixon



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December 27, 2020



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Washington Post

So do

repressive

regimes abroad, from Moscow to Pyongyang to Damascus, who use anonymous shell corporations to avoid sanctions and bankroll their authoritarian efforts.


Congress just passed the most important anti-corruption reform in decades, but hardly anyone knows about it



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jakemeth



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December 26, 2020



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Fortune

The atmosphere on campuses has gotten

repressive

enough that comedian Chris Rock no longer plays colleges.


How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech



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Nick Gillespie



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January 9, 2015



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DAILY BEAST

A society that was exclusive and

repressive

is now freer and more open.


The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Sept 8-14



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John Boot



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September 14, 2014



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DAILY BEAST

What future

repressive

policies will these killings be used to justify?


One Former Hostage Says Negotiate With ISIS, And Pay Ransoms If You Must



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Sarah Shourd



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September 6, 2014



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DAILY BEAST


Repressive

regimes forced the people here to join parties and causes.


On the Ground, Collaborators With ISIS Could Be Its Big Weakness



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Christine van den Toorn



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August 30, 2014



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DAILY BEAST

By restricting aid to only registered groups, the State Department is colluding with

repressive

regimes, fear democracy advocates.


Obama’s Budget Fails Democracy Promotion Abroad



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Jamie Dettmer



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June 12, 2014



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DAILY BEAST

Thereafter severe

repressive

measures were taken to curtail its power.


Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2



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Various

When Gage went out to enforce the

repressive

acts neither he nor those who sent him thought that his task would be hard.


The Political History of England – Vol. X.



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William Hunt

Furthermore, the

repressive

character of the sanctions which are attached to it is sensibly less accentuated.


Introduction to the Science of Sociology



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Robert E. Park

More

repressive

edicts were issued, with the usual result, that secret societies multiplied everywhere.


Condemned as a Nihilist



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George Alfred Henty

Advancing years failed to reconcile Punch to the non-

repressive

method.


Mr. Punch’s History of Modern England Vol. IV of IV.



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Charles L. Graves


British Dictionary definitions for

repressive


repressive


/ (

rɪˈprɛsɪv

) /


adjective


acting to control, suppress, or restrain


subjecting people, a society, etc, to a state of subjugation

Derived forms of repressive



repressively

,

adverb




repressiveness

,

noun

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Medical definitions for

repressive


repressive


[ rĭ-prĕs



ĭv ]


adj.


Causing or inclined to cause repression.

The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.


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