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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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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