Repressive Re*press"ive (r?-pr?s"?v), a. [Cf. F. r['e]pressif. LL. repressivus.] Having power, or tending, to repress; as, repressive acts or measures. -- {Re*press"ive*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

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