re|press´i|ble


re|press´i|ble
re|press «rih PREHS», transitive verb.
1. to prevent from acting; check: »

She repressed an impulse to cough. To save his life he could not repress a chuckle (Booth Tarkington).

SYNONYM(S): curb, restrain.
2. to keep down; put down; suppress: »

The dictator repressed the revolt.

3. Psychoanalysis. to make the object of repression; force (a painful or undesirable memory or impulse) from the conscious mind into the unconscious mind.
[< Latin repressus, past participle of reprimere < re- back + premere to press]
re|press´er, noun.
re|press´i|ble, adjective.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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