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
Recent Examples on the Web According to the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, state lawmakers nationwide have pushed forward dozens of voter suppression laws since the 2020 election. Mekita Rivas, Vogue, 4 Oct. 2021 The misinformation about the 2020 presidential election, the January 6 Capitol riot, and passage of voter suppression laws in several states have challenged American democracy in unprecedented ways. Rhett Buttle, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 The movement that got rid of voter suppression laws inspired Democratic movements around the globe. John Blake, CNN, 25 Sep. 2021 Bill Clinton, the two-term Democratic president who served from 1993 to 2001, said the Democrats have stepped up to lead the nationwide fight against discriminatory voter suppression laws. Emily Caldwell, Dallas News, 29 July 2021 In this way, the voter suppression laws that are being imposed across the country will put the final brick into a minoritarian wall that a shrinking Republican population increasingly relies on to hold power. Mark Danner, The New York Review of Books, 1 July 2021 Additionally, there is a massive effort underway to pass voter suppression laws, enacted so far in 14 states, with many more on the wing. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 14 June 2021 Every state should be filing lawsuits against these voter suppression laws these Republicans are enacting., 4 June 2021 In California, these recalls heavily influenced by Republicans have become an extension of voter suppression. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of suppression

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Oct 2021

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“Suppression.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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


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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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