repressive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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Causing or inclined to cause repression: a repressive dictatorship.
- re·presˈsive·ly adverb
- re·presˈsive·ness noun
repressive - Medical Definition
Causing or inclined to cause repression.
Variant of repress
- to keep down or hold back; restrain: to repress a sigh
- to put down; subdue
- to control so strictly or severely as to prevent the natural development or expression of: to repress a child
- to force (ideas, impulses, etc. painful to the conscious mind) into the unconscious
- to prevent (unconscious ideas, impulses, etc.) from reaching the level of consciousness
Origin: Middle English repressen ; from Classical Latin repressus, past participle of reprimere: see re- and amp; press