Repressed vs Repressive - What's the difference?

repressed | repressive |

As adjectives the difference between repressed and repressive

is that repressed is subjected to repression while repressive is .

As a verb repressed

is (repress) or repressed can be pressed again.



Etymology 1

repress + -ed


  • (repress)
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Subjected to repression.
  • (medical) Showing the suppression of emotions or impulses.
  • Derived terms
    * repressed memory

    Etymology 2

    re- + pressed


  • Pressed again.
  • Anagrams





    (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.