Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Causing or inclined to cause repression: a repressive dictatorship.

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  • adj. Serving to repress or suppress; oppressive

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having power, or tending, to repress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having power to repress or crush; tending to subdue or restrain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. restrictive of action

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Examples

  • He has also criticized the president for not being tough enough on what he calls the repressive regimes in Iran and Syria.

    Former Senator Rick Santorum Joins US Republican Presidential Field

  • He says the elections held by what he calls the repressive regime are absolutely unfair and not free.

    Burma Voting Ends Amid Growing Criticism

  • Illegal immigrants forced to flee their country due to what they call the repressive regime of this man, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

    CNN Transcript Mar 22, 2007

  • They're all exiles, fleeing what they call a repressive regime determined to stay in power at any cost.

    CNN Transcript Jan 20, 2007

  • KOINANGE: These days life is a lesson in survival for Zimbabwe exiles like Nkululelo, illegal immigrants forced to flee their country due to what they call the repressive regime of this man, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

    CNN Transcript Mar 22, 2007

  • Illegal immigrants forced to leave their country due to what they call the repressive regime of this man, Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.

    CNN Transcript Mar 22, 2007

  • Illegal immigrants forced to flee their country due to what they call the repressive regime of this man, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.

    CNN Transcript Mar 21, 2007

  • BINDRA: The international community is appealing to the king and his forces to stop what they call repressive measures.

    CNN Transcript Apr 10, 2006

  • The protesters demand an end what they describe as a repressive, incompetent and corrupt regime that has failed to improve the lives of ordinary people while restricting civil liberties and violating human rights.

    latimes.com - News

  • Light posts were riddled with bullet holes from the violence that broke out after riot police opened fire on thousands of people who were protesting what they termed the repressive rule of the Kyrgyz president,

    NYT > Home Page

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