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repression

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noun re·pres·sion \ri-ˈpre-shən\

Simple Definition of repression

  • : the act of using force to control someone or something

  • : the state of being controlled by force

  • : the act of not allowing a memory, feeling, or desire to be expressed

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of repression

  1. 1 a :  the action or process of repressing :  the state of being repressed <repression of unpopular opinions> b :  an instance of repressing <racial repressions>

  2. 2 a :  a mental process by which distressing thoughts, memories, or impulses that may give rise to anxiety are excluded from consciousness and left to operate in the unconscious b :  an item so excluded

repressionist

play \-sh(ə-)nist\ adjective

Examples of repression in a sentence

  1. the state's repression of its citizens

  2. They survived 60 years of political repression.



1533

First Known Use of repression

1533


Medical Dictionary

repression

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noun re·pres·sion \ri-ˈpresh-ən\

Medical Definition of repression

  1. 1:  the action or process of repressing <gene repression>

  2. 2a:  a process by which unacceptable desires or impulses are excluded from consciousness and left to operate in the unconscious—compare suppression cb:  an item so excluded





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