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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of repressing; state of being repressed.
  • n. The involuntary rejection from consciousness of painful or disagreeable ideas, memories, feelings, or impulses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of repressing, or state of being repressed.
  • n. That which represses; check; restraint.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of repressing, restraining, or subduing: as, the repression of tumults.
  • n. That which represses; check; restraint.
  • n. Power of repressing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a state of forcible subjugation
  • n. (psychiatry) the classical defense mechanism that protects you from impulses or ideas that would cause anxiety by preventing them from becoming conscious
  • n. the act of repressing; control by holding down

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