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Millions were given to police forces in repressive countries where crime and corruption then rose. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Such is the repressive power of the educational establishment and its mindset. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Yet a repressive government has insulation from domestic discontent. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Such nonsense could be spoken only by those who have not suffered under repressive regimes. Somewhere East of Life (1994)It is the music that is banned by repressive regimes. The Tribes Triumphant (2006)California promises him a little breathing room and the chance to live in a slightly less repressive society. Christianity Today (2000)They also want all prisoners detained during the revolution to be released and for the repressive emergency law to be repealed. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The artists often reference repressive governments. Times, Sunday Times (2016)His effort to reform his country 's extremely repressive political system was initially cautious and reluctant. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Having changed his mind, he has imposed an increasingly repressive regime. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Across the Arab world supposedly passive and subservient peoples were rising against other repressive regimes. Times, Sunday Times (2011)He had not lifted the repressive emergency laws that he had used to maintain his regime in power for 30 years. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Britain has given a fortune to police forces in repressive countries, only to see a rise in both crime and corruption. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Being the unofficial public relations representative for one of the world's most repressive regimes is about as demanding as it gets. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Better economic conditions and a clearer policy that delivered results might have held the Soviet people together in the absence of repressive force. The Collins History of the World in the 20th Century (1994)Some of Iran's most repressive laws target women. Times, Sunday Times (2011)By 1926, all vestiges of democracy had been wiped out through repressive laws and brutal violence. Calcio: A History of Italian Football (2006)That means building relationships with repressive regimes like Russia and China. The Sun (2011)Others are fleeing the repressive regime in Eritrea or lawlessness in Somalia. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Here, too, the army for most of its history has been the controlling element in repressive government. The Collins History of the World in the 20th Century (1994)So be it, if it's bought for the dinner party conversation at the home of an oligarch in a repressive country. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Many of them prefer to work anonymously, especially those who work on controversial issues or who live in countries with repressive governments '. Times, Sunday Times (2015)
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British English: repressive ADJECTIVE
A repressive government is one that restricts people's freedom and controls them by using force.
The military regime in power was unpopular and repressive.
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