suppression

noun
sup·​pres·​sion | \ sə-ˈpre-shən How to pronounce suppression (audio) \

Definition of suppression

1 : an act or instance of suppressing : the state of being suppressed
2 : the conscious intentional exclusion from consciousness of a thought or feeling

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Examples of suppression in a Sentence

learned that suppression of her angry feelings didn't necessarily make them go away

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With the exception of orlistat, these drugs primarily perform a combination of either appetite suppression, metabolic acceleration, or both. Kimberly Garrison, https://www.inquirer.com, "Slim down for summer the healthy way | Kimberly Garrison," 4 June 2019 The seminar, which is focused on riot suppression, counterinsurgency, and counterterrorism, attracts a variety of attendees, including local police, immigration-enforcement agencies, and even campus police. Lincoln Anthony Blades, Teen Vogue, "How Policing in the U.S. and Security in Israel Are Connected," 16 July 2018 Policies like active fire suppression have also paradoxically increased the risks from wildfires. Umair Irfan, Vox, "What we learned from the disasters that hammered the US in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Interim Police Chief Gary Tuggle said Sassafras was shot Sunday evening when a crime suppression unit encountered the man in an alleyway of a troubled west Baltimore neighborhood. Fox News, "Man slain in Baltimore police shootout was paroled this year," 25 Sep. 2018 This is a suppression of knowledge, rather than policy based on greater knowledge. WSJ, "The Unintended Costs of a Free College Bill," 23 Jan. 2019 Voter suppression was already an issue in the Georgia gubernatorial race. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Stacey Abrams’s Campaign Says Recount or Runoff Is Possible—If All Georgia Votes Are Actually Counted—While Andrew Gillum’s Race Enters Recount Range in Florida," 8 Nov. 2018 Opponents fear the law would lead to suppression of free speech and will prove unworkable. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "European Parliament Rejects Controversial Copyright Law," 5 July 2018 Former presidents Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo were convicted in 1996 for corruption and also on charges stemming from a 1979 coup and also a bloody suppression of pro-democracy protests that killed hundreds in the southern city of Gwangju in 1980. Kim Tong-hyung, USA TODAY, "South Korean prosecutors seek 30-year prison sentence for ex-president Park Geun-hye," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of suppression

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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suppression

noun
sup·​pres·​sion | \ sə-ˈpre-shən How to pronounce suppression (audio) \

Kids Definition of suppression

: an act or instance of putting down or holding back : the state of being put down or held back

suppression

noun
sup·​pres·​sion | \ sə-ˈpresh-ən How to pronounce suppression (audio) \

Medical Definition of suppression

: an act or instance of suppressing: as
a : stoppage of a bodily function or a symptom suppression of urine secretion suppression of a cough
b : the failure of development of a bodily part or organ
c : the conscious intentional exclusion from consciousness of a thought or feeling — compare repression sense 2a

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