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[ adjective ] restrictive of action

Examples

"a repressive regime" "an overly strict and inhibiting discipline"

Used in print

(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)

The tensions accompanying a repressive consciousness of wrongdoing or sinning or some tormenting secret are relieved for the less self-contained or self-sufficient by confession , repentance , and penance .

Related terms

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