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 Dictionary entry overview: What does oppressive mean? 

OPPRESSIVE (adjective)
  The adjective OPPRESSIVE has 2 senses:

1. weighing heavily on the senses or spirit
2. marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior

  Familiarity information: OPPRESSIVE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

OPPRESSIVE (adjective)

Sense 1oppressive [BACK TO TOP]


Weighing heavily on the senses or spirit

Context examples:

the atmosphere was oppressive / oppressive sorrows


heavy (marked by great psychological weight; weighted down especially with sadness or troubles or weariness)

Sense 2oppressive [BACK TO TOP]


Marked by unjust severity or arbitrary behavior


tyrannous; oppressive; tyrannical

Context examples:

the oppressive government / oppressive laws / a tyrannical parent / tyrannous disregard of human rights


domineering (tending to domineer)

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