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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Additional resources from the Lower 48 are expected to arrive in Alaska on Monday to help with suppression efforts on the McKinley Fire and others in Southcentral Alaska, authorities said. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "As Southcentral Alaska winds ease, crews battling Susitna Valley wildfire work to gain control," 20 Aug. 2019 Booker said suppression of African American votes was the reason President Trump won in 2016, and Harris once again squared off with Biden over his 1970s opposition to desegregation busing. Joe Garofoli,, "Five takeaways from the Democrats’ policy brawls," 31 July 2019 The legacy of slavery and segregation and Jim Crow and suppression is alive and well in every aspect of the economy and in the country. NBC News, "Democratic debate transcript: July 30, 2019," 31 July 2019 Thanks to fire-suppression efforts, the surrounding area has eluded blazes for a half-century, leaving heavy undergrowth where flames could easily torch into treetops., "At the base of a canyon, every fire season can be a gamble," 23 July 2019 Aircraft is also being used as part of fire suppression efforts. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Wildfire burning in Clear Creek County above Interstate 70; firefighters are on scene," 27 June 2019 The jargon serves to cover up the continuities between the modern NFL and an era in which the suppression of player mobility was more frankly administered. Conor Orr,, "Fate of the Union: What the NFLPA Can Learn From the Fight of '77," 18 June 2019 Google’s suppression of Claremont Institute ads for speech that Google’s own employees couldn’t identify is terrifying. WSJ, "Google’s Censorship Needs Careful Response," 13 May 2019 Videos have been released showing Chinese soldiers practising riot suppression and paramilitary police massing just across the border from Hong Kong. The Economist, "China is using Kublai Khan’s methods to quell protests in Hong Kong," 31 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of suppression

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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