- to put an end to the activities of (a person, body of persons, etc.): to suppress the Communist and certain left-leaning parties.
- to do away with by or as by authority; abolish; stop (a practice, custom, etc.).
- to keep in or repress (a feeling, smile, groan, etc.).
- to withhold from disclosure or publication (truth, evidence, a book, names, etc.).
- to stop or arrest (a flow, hemorrhage, cough, etc.).
- to vanquish or subdue (a revolt, rebellion, etc.); quell; crush.
- Electricity. to reduce or eliminate (an irregular or undesired oscillation or frequency) in a circuit.
Origin of suppress
Related Words for suppressiverepressive, stifling, withholding, curbing, quelling, silencing, subduing
Examples from the Web for suppressive
Contemporary Examples of suppressive
Soon, Miscavige pushed out Broeker and declared him an unwanted “Suppressive.”15 Scientology Revelations From Lawrence Wright’s ‘Going Clear’
The Daily Beast
January 16, 2013
Suppressive person – officially, a person with sociopathic tendencies or behaviors.Scientology Glossary: Thetans, Engrams, Sea Org, & More Key Terms
July 6, 2012
Historical Examples of suppressive
Was it Alexander or his court and ministers who bore the responsibility for the suppressive means that were employed?The Story of Russia
R. Van Bergen, M.A.
It is in the early stage that sequestration and suppressive measures are most valuable.
- tending or acting to suppress; involving suppression
- psychiatry tending to prevent the expression of certain of one's desires or to resist the emergence of mental symptoms
- to put an end to; prohibit
- to hold in check; restrainI was obliged to suppress a smile
- to withhold from circulation or publicationto suppress seditious pamphlets
- to stop the activities of; crushto suppress a rebellion
- to reduce or eliminate (unwanted oscillations) in a circuit
- to eliminate (a particular frequency or group of frequencies) in a signal
- to resist consciously (an idea or a desire entering one's mind)
- to exercise self-control by preventing the expression of (certain desires)Compare repress (def. 3)
Word Origin for suppress
Word Origin and History for suppressive
late 14c., "to put down by force or authority," from Latin suppressus, past participle of supprimere "press down, stop, check, stifle," from sub "down, under" (see sub-) + premere "push against" (see press (v.1)). Sense of "prevent or prohibit the circulation of" is from 1550s. Related: Suppressed; suppressing.
- To curtail or inhibit the activity of something, such as the immune system.
- To deliberately exclude unacceptable desires or thoughts from the mind.
- To reduce the incidence or severity of a condition or symptom, such as a hemorrhage.