Prohibitive vs Repressive - What's the difference?

prohibitive | repressive | Synonyms |

Prohibitive is a synonym of repressive.

As adjectives the difference between prohibitive and repressive

is that prohibitive is tending to prohibit, preclude, or disallow while repressive is .

As a noun prohibitive

is (linguistics) negative imperative.




(en adjective)
  • Tending to prohibit, preclude, or disallow.
  • Some countries are more prohibitive than others when it comes to hot topics like euthanasia and cloning.
  • Costly to the extreme; beyond budget.
  • I'd like to visit Europe someday, but the cost is prohibitive right now.


    (en noun)
  • (linguistics) negative imperative
  • repressive



    (en adjective)
  • Serving to repress or suppress; oppressive
  • * 1846 Allan Freer - The North British Review
  • Human law is indeed repressive', but ' repressive on moral principles comprehensively applied to the whole community, and commanding the approval of the moral sense of the governed
  • * 1989 Louis Henkin - Right V. Might
  • First, the classical rule forbids any unilateral right to use force to overthrow a regime on the sole grounds that it is repressive in character.