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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Another theoretical mission for the F-15X would be the suppression of enemy air defenses. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Air Force Is Buying New F-15s After All," 19 Feb. 2019 These decisions aren’t made without an understanding of very real voter-suppression tactics at play throughout the country and the privilege that comes with being a U.S. citizen who can vote. Clarissa Brooks, Teen Vogue, "Nonvoters Have Valid Criticisms of the United States Government," 16 Nov. 2018 At the press conference on Thursday, Abrams campaign chairwoman Allegra Lawrence-Hardy introduced members of Abrams’s legal team, who were assembled to make an announcement regarding the candidate’s next litigation steps regarding voter suppression. 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 So, too, will the partisan push for voter suppression. Andrew Cohen, The New Republic, "Anthony Kennedy Was No Moderate," 27 June 2018 In a 5-4 decision along partisan lines, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Ohio’s voter-suppression campaign was totally fine. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Voter Suppression ... Again," 11 June 2018 Black American communities were among those most heavily targeted by the posts and ads, often with memes about police brutality and voter suppression messages. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: The NAACP’s weeklong boycott of Facebook and Instagram begins today," 18 Dec. 2018 Right now, the forces rallying against voter suppression are fighting back. Marie Claire, "One Week Post-Midterms Here's What We Know," 13 Nov. 2018 According to the federal National Wildfire Coordinating Group, which is made up of ten various fire suppression groups across the country, the state is currently battling 14 serious blazes. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "200 Soldiers Are Being Sent to California to Fight Fires," 6 Aug. 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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