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1 (botany) the failure to develop of some part or organ of a plant
2 the act of withholding or withdrawing some book or writing from publication or circulation; "a suppression of the newspaper" [syn: curtailment]
3 forceful prevention; putting down by power or authority; "the suppression of heresy"; "the quelling of the rebellion"; "the stifling of all dissent" [syn: crushing, quelling, stifling]
4 (psychology) the conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts or desires [syn: inhibition]

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  1. The act or instance of suppressing.
  2. The state of being suppressed.

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