From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Oppressive \Op*press"ive\, a. [Cf. F. oppressif.]
   1. Unreasonably burdensome; unjustly severe, rigorous, or
      harsh; as, oppressive taxes; oppressive exactions of
      service; an oppressive game law. --Macaulay.
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   2. Using oppression; tyrannical; as, oppressive authority or
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   3. Heavy; overpowering; hard to be borne; creating a sense of
      heavy burden; as, oppressive grief or woe; oppressive heat
      or humidity; an oppressive workload.
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            To ease the soul of one oppressive weight. --Pope.
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      Op*press"ive*ness, n.
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