sup·​pres·​sion sə-ˈpre-shən How to pronounce suppression (audio)
: an act or instance of suppressing : the state of being suppressed
: the conscious intentional exclusion from consciousness of a thought or feeling

Examples of suppression in a Sentence

learned that suppression of her angry feelings didn't necessarily make them go away
Recent Examples on the Web If a fire rekindles or escapes, the person who set it is liable for any damage caused, as well as for wildfire suppression costs. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, 6 Apr. 2024 Ahead of the New Hampshire presidential primary in January, a fake robocall impersonating President Biden encouraged Democrats not to vote, raising concerns about misinformation and voter suppression going into November's general election. Jacob Rosen, CBS News, 5 Apr. 2024 Drinking water before meals can satisfy that confused feeling and may lead to appetite suppression. Weight Loss Advisors, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Officers from a violent-crime suppression unit spotted a group near Bladensburg that was involved in a dispute and tried to intervene, Parsons said. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2024 The book is most powerful as a depiction of the agony of suppression. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2024 The goal, therefore, should be fire prevention, detection, and suppression. Alex Christian, WIRED, 1 Mar. 2024 Authorities said officers with the violent crimes suppression unit saw people involved in an altercation. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2024 Efforts to combat voter suppression, expand access to the ballot box, and ensure fair representation are necessary to strengthen democracy and enact policies that mirror the wide range of interests of all Americans. Lenwood V. Long, Sr., Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of suppression was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Suppression.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


sup·​pres·​sion sə-ˈpresh-ən How to pronounce suppression (audio)
: an act or instance of suppressing: as
: stoppage of a bodily function or a symptom
suppression of urine secretion
suppression of a cough
: the failure of development of a bodily part or organ
: the conscious intentional exclusion from consciousness of a thought or feeling compare repression sense 2a

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