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noun re·pres·sion \ri-ˈpre-shən\

: 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

Full Definition of REPRESSION

a :  the action or process of repressing :  the state of being repressed <repression of unpopular opinions>
b :  an instance of repressing <racial repressions>
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
re·pres·sion·ist \-sh(ə-)nist\ adjective

Examples of REPRESSION

  1. the state's repression of its citizens
  2. They survived 60 years of political repression.

First Known Use of REPRESSION


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Medical Dictionary


noun re·pres·sion \ri-ˈpresh-ən\

Medical Definition of REPRESSION

:  the action or process of repressing <gene repression>
a :  a process by which unacceptable desires or impulses are excluded from consciousness and left to operate in the unconscious—compare suppression c b :  an item so excluded


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