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[suh-presh-uh n] /səˈprɛʃ ən/
the act of suppressing.
the state of being suppressed.
Psychoanalysis. conscious inhibition of an impulse.
Botany. the absence of parts normally or usually present due to the action of frost, disease, or insects.
Radio, Electronics. the elimination of a component of a varying emission, as the elimination of a frequency or group of frequencies from a signal.
Electricity. the reduction or elimination of irregular current oscillations or frequencies in a circuit.
Origin of suppression
1520-30; < Latin suppressiōn- (stem of suppressiō) a pressing under. See suppress, -ion
Related forms
nonsuppression, noun
resuppression, noun
self-suppression, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for self-suppression
Historical Examples
  • The official reports of the officers of that period as of others are full of self-suppression.

    Policing the Plains R.G. MacBeth
  • And mind, there must be self-suppression if there is to be the triumph of a divine power in you.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • Here is a critical field for cooperation and self-suppression.

  • It was a great victory, a characteristically Russian exploit in self-suppression.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • The one clear and damning objection to the false doctrine of self-suppression is here: it makes sin.

    Judges and Ruth Robert A. Watson
  • What the ascetic aimed at was not self-development, but self-suppression.

    Religion & Sex Chapman Cohen
  • But that is only one fact of self-suppression and the ant-world furnishes hundreds.

  • No; no one would condemn you to such painful silence and self-suppression.

    Imaginations and Reveries (A.E.) George William Russell
  • The cruel necessity of self-suppression was present to his mind, while the tears were pouring over his cheeks.

    Armadale Wilkie Collins
  • It is stringent satire, yet tempered with an artist's moderation, with a naturalist's self-suppression.

    Froth Armando Palacio Valds
British Dictionary definitions for self-suppression


the act or process of suppressing or the condition of being suppressed
(psychoanal) the conscious avoidance of unpleasant thoughts Compare repression (sense 2)
(electronics) the act or process of suppressing a frequency, oscillation, etc
(biology) the failure of an organ or part to develop
(med) the cessation of any physiological process
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Word Origin and History for self-suppression



1520s, from Latin suppressionem (nominative suppresio), noun of action from past participle stem of supprimere (see suppress).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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self-suppression in Medicine

suppression sup·pres·sion (sə-prěsh'ən)

  1. The act of suppressing or the state of being suppressed.

  2. Conscious exclusion of unacceptable desires, thoughts, or memories from the mind.

  3. The sudden arrest of the secretion of a fluid, such as urine or bile.

  4. The checking or curtailing of an abnormal flow or discharge.

  5. The effect of a second genetic mutation that reverses a phenotypic change that had been caused by a previous mutation at a different location on the chromosome.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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