Definition of suppression in US English:



  • 1The action of suppressing something such as an activity or publication.

    ‘the forcible suppression of campus protests’
    • ‘He persisted in arguing that the forcible suppression of the students might prove to be a mistake of such magnitude as to destroy the legitimacy of the regime.’
    • ‘Not many were interested in political activities anyway given the trauma of past suppression.’
    • ‘It is not possible to build a democratic state based on an ideology of religious exclusivism and through the forcible suppression of the democratic rights of another people.’
    • ‘Boucher said the government's continued intimidation and repression of the opposition and its violent suppression of peaceful public protests were not conducive to beginning a dialogue.’
    • ‘It is undeniable that the forcible suppression of religious and religious identity concerns by the communists gave a boost to these feelings.’
    • ‘As an indicator of forcible suppression it often appears in charts associated with assassinations (but not necessarily for the actual moment of such deeds).’
    • ‘These concern the suppression of all terrorist activity on their territory, the transparency of banking and trade arrangements, and the disavowal of weapons of mass destruction.’
    • ‘I am 100% certain that, if this bill is passed as is, it will be used in this country for the surveillance and suppression of political activists.’
    • ‘Moreover they know that if they become too flagrant in their suppression of opposition and commit atrocities, the United Nations stands ready to intervene to overthrow them.’
    • ‘In the 14 months since he threw that fatal punch, court suppression orders have prevented publication of his name or details.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, a significant portion of the public supported the forcible suppression of campus protests.’
    • ‘The army has retained power over the past four decades through the brutal suppression of opposition, including from ethnic minorities.’
    • ‘The exclusion of political views from public debate logically extends into the openly violent suppression of public actions based upon those views.’
    • ‘Some books have been unjustly censored, he argued, and many writers and booksellers were punished too severely when all that was required was the simple suppression of publication.’
    • ‘Add to that high rates of illiteracy, the hypocrisy of the governmental media, the weakness of civil society and state suppression of the opposition parties.’
    • ‘Despite its wide range, the species is increasingly under threat after centuries of persecution and habitat loss to human activity and fire suppression.’
    • ‘Whether this is due to forest management activities or canopy suppression is unknown.’
    • ‘Secondly, a transparent code of conduct against publication bias or selective suppression of information should be developed.’
    • ‘This point leads to an exceptionally compelling aspect of the narrative, the rise and suppression of the opposition media.’
    • ‘However, although the government seems to have nodded to pageants, the long-term suppression of the activity has still kept most of the ongoing beauty contests in China relatively discreet.’
    subduing, defeat, conquering, vanquishing, repression, crushing, quelling, quashing, squashing, stamping out, crackdown, clampdown, cowing, prevention, extinction
    censorship, keeping secret, concealment, hiding, keeping hidden, hushing up, gagging, withholding, covering up, smothering, stifling, muzzling, banning, non-disclosure, proscription, outlawing, restriction
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    1. 1.1Medicine Stoppage or reduction of a discharge or secretion.
      • ‘She was treated conservatively with acid suppression and transfusions.’
      • ‘With the advent of potent acid suppression, surgical interventions that increase the barrier function of the lower esophagus should be avoided.’
      • ‘The FDA has just approved Seasonale, which provides three months of continuous contraception and menstrual suppression.’
      • ‘Little information is available on the degree of gastric acid suppression that is necessary to ensure adequate esophageal healing.’
      • ‘Duodenal ulcers can be healed, but not cured, by pharmacological suppression of acid secretion below this threshold.’
    2. 1.2Biology The absence or nondevelopment of a part or organ that is normally present.
    3. 1.3Genetics The canceling of the effect of one mutation by a second mutation.
      • ‘The presented data indicate that suppression of a single enzyme of the FA elongation machinery is enough to affect various organs and systems in worms.’
      • ‘The suppression of the mutant phenotype of a1-mum2 aleurones takes several generations.’
      • ‘Thus, suppression of the cut mutant wing phenotype is most likely due to the overexpression of Lola.’
      • ‘In addition, enhancement or suppression of the H mutant phenotype was evaluated.’
      • ‘The suppression of clv2 phenotypes is a true photoperiod response.’
    4. 1.4Psychology The restraint or repression of an idea, activity, or reaction by something more powerful.
      • ‘The ideas of separate color and verbal processing and suppression of incorrect verbal responses suggest an explanation for incongruency loss.’
      • ‘Repression or suppression of intense feelings beneath a calm exterior is also associated with elevated blood pressure.’
      • ‘Psychodynamic issues may center on suppression or repression of aggression relating to unmet emotional needs.’
      concealment, restraint, stifling, smothering, holding back, keeping back, choking back, control, keeping under control, checking, curbing, containing, bridling, inhibition, deadening, muffling
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    5. 1.5Psychoanalysis The conscious inhibition of unacceptable memories, impulses, or desires.
      • ‘Conscious suppression of a memory is a more plausible explanation for the failure to recall an event than repression.’
      • ‘Cycles of recognition, repression or suppression and recovery of truth can be extrapolated both from the course of individual analytic treatments and social struggles.’
      • ‘A major component of codependence is emotional repression and suppression.’
      concealment, restraint, stifling, smothering, holding back, keeping back, choking back, control, keeping under control, checking, curbing, containing, bridling, inhibition, deadening, muffling
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    6. 1.6 Prevention of electrical interference.
      • ‘Echo cancellation and/or suppression is disabled upon such selective switching.’
      • ‘Butcher concedes that the degree of suppression is relatively small.’
      • ‘For the particular cause of interference suppression, where might these come from?’
      • ‘This provides some suppression, but the residual signal may still exceed detection thresholds.’