Simple Definition of oppressive
: very cruel or unfair
: very unpleasant or uncomfortable
Full Definition of oppressive
1 : unreasonably burdensome or severe <oppressive legislation>
2 : tyrannical
3 : overwhelming or depressing to the spirit or senses <an oppressive climate>
Examples of oppressive in a sentence
The country is ruled by an oppressive regime.
I think these laws are oppressive.
This region suffers from oppressive heat in the summer months.
The situation was extremely tense; no one said a word, and the silence was oppressive.
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Synonym Discussion of oppressive
Rhymes with oppressive
aggressive, caressive, compressive, concessive, degressive, depressive, digressive, excessive, expressive, impressive, ingressive, obsessive, possessive, progressive, recessive, regressive, successive, suppressive, transgressive
OPPRESSIVE Defined for Kids
Definition of oppressive for Students
1 : cruel or harsh without just cause <oppressive laws>
2 : very unpleasant or uncomfortable <oppressive heat>
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