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[ suh-presh-uhn ]


  1. the act of suppressing.
  2. the state of being suppressed.
  3. Psychoanalysis. conscious inhibition of an impulse.
  4. Botany. the absence of parts normally or usually present due to the action of frost, disease, or insects.
  5. Radio, Electronics. the elimination of a component of a varying emission, as the elimination of a frequency or group of frequencies from a signal.
  6. Electricity. the reduction or elimination of irregular current oscillations or frequencies in a circuit.


/ səˈprɛʃən /


  1. the act or process of suppressing or the condition of being suppressed
  2. psychoanal the conscious avoidance of unpleasant thoughts Compare repression
  3. electronics the act or process of suppressing a frequency, oscillation, etc
  4. biology the failure of an organ or part to develop
  5. med the cessation of any physiological process

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Other Words From

  • nonsup·pression noun
  • resup·pression noun
  • self-sup·pression noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of suppression1

First recorded in 1520–30; from Latin suppressiōn-, stem of suppressiō “a pressing under”; equivalent to suppress + -ion
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Example Sentences

During India’s state elections, Logically worked with the Maharashtra Cyber police and the state’s election commission to identify online disinformation that could lead to voter suppression.

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We’ve got racism issues in this country and these other issues of gun violence and voter suppression.

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Because many states block people with felony records from voting, the reality that justice is not in fact blind drives voter suppression.

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However, in 2013, the Supreme Court voted to invalidate certain parts of that act, opening the door to voter suppression.

More quantitatively — and related — fire suppression in California is big business, with impressive year-over-year growth.

But its far more insidious role was revealed, whether it was gun policies or voter suppression.

Among others, they include interference with sleep and suppression of appetite.

He predicts that after the March 16 referendum, the suppression of dissidents and even ethnic cleansing could become more common.

Democrats shouted “voter suppression;” Republicans warned of “fraud.”

He is best known for his brutal suppression of opponents and hardline rule over Zimbabwe.

The recent law passed by the Spanish Cortes for the suppression of religious houses, has been strictly enforced here.

He desired neither the suppression of hell nor of the guillotine for the disposal of sinners and assassins.

His majesty also alluded to a treaty which he had concluded with the Queen of Spain for the suppression of the slave-trade.

The true policy would have been the suppression of all secret political societies.

In the meantime the university had taken steps to ensure the suppression of heretical books.


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