[ ri-presh-uh n ]
/ rɪˈprɛʃ ən /


the act of repressing; state of being repressed.
Psychoanalysis. the rejection from consciousness of painful or disagreeable ideas, memories, feelings, or impulses.

Origin of repression

1325–75; Middle English repressioun < Medieval Latin repressiōn- (stem of repressiō), Late Latin: suppression. See repress, -ion

Related forms

non·re·pres·sion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for repression



the act or process of repressing or the condition of being repressed
psychoanal the subconscious rejection of thoughts and impulses that conflict with conventional standards of conductSee suppression (def. 2)
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Medicine definitions for repression


[ rĭ-prĕshən ]


The act of repressing or the state of being repressed.
The unconscious exclusion of painful impulses, desires, or fears from the conscious mind.
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