Webster 1913 Edition
Unreasonably burdensome; unjustly severe, rigorous, or harsh;
oppressiveexactions of service; an
Using oppression; tyrannical;
oppressiveauthority or commands
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Webster 1828 Edition
1.Unreasonably burdensome; unjustly severe; as oppressive taxes; oppressive exactions of service.
2.Tyrannical; as an oppressive government.
3.Heavy; overpowering; overwhelming; as oppressive grief or woe.