SUPPRESSOR VARIABLE By N., Pam M.S. - April 13, 2013 a variable used to suppress that apparent relationship between 2 other variables. See third variable problem. SUPPRESSOR VARIABLE: "A suppressor variable will reduce the relationship of 2 other variables." Related Psychology Terms SPURIOUS CORRELATION MODERATOR VARIABLE LINEARITY EXTRANEOUS VARIABLE CONCOMITANT VARIATION RESPONSE VARIABLE CONTINUOUS VARIABLE GENERAL LINEAR MODEL SUBJECT VARIABLE BISERIAL CORRELATION Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "SUPPRESSOR VARIABLE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 13, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/suppressor-variable/ (accessed October 15, 2019).