from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of suppressing.
  • noun The state of being suppressed.
  • noun Psychiatry Conscious exclusion of unacceptable desires, thoughts, or memories from the mind.
  • noun Botany The failure of an organ or part to develop.
  • noun Genetics The inhibition of gene expression.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In psychology, a phenomenon of binocular vision, consisting in the exclusive predominance of a single monocular image and the consequent disappearance of the other.
  • noun The act of suppressing, crushing, or quelling, or the state of being suppressed, crushed, quelled, or the like: as, the suppression of a riot, insurrection, or tumult.
  • noun The act of concealing or withholding from utterance, disclosure, revelation, or publication: as, the suppression of truth, of evidence, or of reports.
  • noun The stoppage or obstruction or the morbid retention of discharges: as, the suppression of a diarrhea, of saliva, or of urine.
  • noun In botany, the absence, as in flowers, of parts requisite to theoretical completeness; abortion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of suppressing, or the state of being suppressed; repression
  • noun (Med.) Complete stoppage of a natural secretion or excretion.
  • noun (Gram.) Omission.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act or instance of suppressing.
  • noun The state of being suppressed.
  • noun A process in which a person consciously excludes anxiety-producing thoughts, feelings, or memories.

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

  • noun forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority
  • noun the act of withholding or withdrawing some book or writing from publication or circulation
  • noun (psychology) the conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts or desires
  • noun the failure to develop some part or organ


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