Suppression is the act of keeping something from happening — like the suppression of your laughter when your best friend passes you a funny note in class.

In psychology, suppression is the act of stopping yourself from thinking or feeling something. It is generally presumed to be ineffective because even if you suppress or hold back an emotion, like anger, that feeling returns with a vengeance. Suppression can also mean the act of holding something else back, like the suppression of a book from publication because you don't like its message.

Definitions of suppression

n forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority

“the suppression of heresy”
crushing, quelling, stifling
severely repressive actions
Type of:
bar, prevention
the act of preventing

n the act of withholding or withdrawing some book or writing from publication or circulation

“a suppression of the newspaper”
Type of:
the act of controlling by restraining someone or something

n the failure to develop some part or organ

Type of:
development, growing, growth, maturation, ontogenesis, ontogeny
(biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level

n (psychology) the conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts or desires

Type of:
act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite

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