[suh-presh-uh n]


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 formsnon·sup·pres·sion, nounre·sup·pres·sion, nounself-sup·pres·sion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-suppression

Historical Examples of self-suppression

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

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad

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

  • What the ascetic aimed at was not self-development, but self-suppression.

    Religion &amp; Sex

    Chapman Cohen

  • Here is a critical field for cooperation and self-suppression.

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

    Imaginations and Reveries

    (A.E.) George William Russell

British Dictionary definitions for self-suppression



the act or process of suppressing or the condition of being suppressed
psychoanal the conscious avoidance of unpleasant thoughtsCompare repression (def. 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

self-suppression in Medicine




The act of suppressing or the state of being suppressed.
Conscious exclusion of unacceptable desires, thoughts, or memories from the mind.
The sudden arrest of the secretion of a fluid, such as urine or bile.
The checking or curtailing of an abnormal flow or discharge.
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.
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