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oppressive

[uh-pres-iv] /əˈprɛs ɪv/
adjective
1.
burdensome, unjustly harsh, or tyrannical:
an oppressive king; oppressive laws.
2.
causing discomfort by being excessive, intense, elaborate, etc.:
oppressive heat.
3.
distressing or grievous:
oppressive sorrows.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Medieval Latin oppresīvus, equivalent to oppress(us) (see oppress) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
oppressively, adverb
oppressiveness, noun
nonoppressive, adjective
nonoppressively, adverb
nonoppressiveness, noun
self-oppressive, adjective
unoppressive, adjective
unoppressively, adverb
unoppressiveness, noun
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  • The economy faces many problems right now, but oppressively low taxation isn't one of them.
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  • The power cannot be exercised arbitrarily, or oppressively, or unreasonably.
  • When combined with various methodologies, they can oppressively regulate conformity.
  • The forenoon had been oppressively hot, and all nature sweltering beneath the burning rays of the sun.
British Dictionary definitions for oppressively

oppressive

/əˈprɛsɪv/
adjective
1.
cruel, harsh, or tyrannical
2.
heavy, constricting, or depressing
Derived Forms
oppressively, adverb
oppressiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for oppressively

oppressive

adj.

1640s, from Medieval Latin oppressivus, from oppress-, past participle stem of opprimere (see oppress). Related: Oppressively; oppressiveness.

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