suppress

[ suh-pres ]
/ səˈprɛs /

verb (used with object)

Origin of suppress

1375–1425; late Middle English suppressen < Latin suppressus (past participle of supprimere to press down), equivalent to sup- sup- + pressus (see press1)

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British Dictionary definitions for suppressive (1 of 2)

suppressive

/ (səˈprɛsɪv) /

adjective

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

British Dictionary definitions for suppressive (2 of 2)

suppress

/ (səˈprɛs) /

verb (tr)

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
electronics
  1. to reduce or eliminate (unwanted oscillations) in a circuit
  2. to eliminate (a particular frequency or group of frequencies) in a signal
psychiatry
  1. to resist consciously (an idea or a desire entering one's mind)
  2. to exercise self-control by preventing the expression of (certain desires)Compare repress (def. 3)

Derived Forms

suppresser, nounsuppressible, adjective

Word Origin for suppress

C14: from Latin suppressus held down, from supprimere to restrain, from sub- down + premere to press
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Medicine definitions for suppressive

suppress

[ sə-prĕs ]

v.

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.
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