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oppress/repress/suppress

oppress, keep down by force; repress, forcibly subdue or restrain; suppress, inhibit or block The dictator oppressed the people. The subject's repressed memories of abuse led to his symptoms. Gene expression was suppressed by RNAi.

optimum/optimal

while both optimum and optimal are adjectives, only optimum can be used as a noun; indicating the best or most favorable conditions leading to desirable results

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