Definitions for Inhibitionˌɪn ɪˈbɪʃ ən, ˌɪn hɪ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•hi•bi•tionˌɪn ɪˈbɪʃ ən, ˌɪn hɪ-(n.)

  1. the act of inhibiting.

  2. the state of being inhibited.

  3. something that inhibits; constraint.

  4. the conscious or unconscious restraint or suppression of behavior, impulses, etc., often due to guilt or fear produced by past punishment. the blocking or holding back of one psychological process by another.

    Category: Psychology

  5. a restraining, arresting, or checking of the action of an organ or cell. the reduction of a reflex or other activity as the result of an antagonistic stimulation.

    Category: Physiology

Origin of inhibition:

1350–1400; ME < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. inhibition, suppression(noun)

    (psychology) the conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts or desires

  2. inhibition(noun)

    the quality of being inhibited

  3. inhibition(noun)

    (physiology) the process whereby nerves can retard or prevent the functioning of an organ or part

    "the inhibition of the heart by the vagus nerve"

  4. prohibition, inhibition, forbiddance(noun)

    the action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an instance thereof)

    "they were restrained by a prohibition in their charter"; "a medical inhibition of alcoholic beverages"; "he ignored his parents' forbiddance"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. inhibition(noun)ˌɪn ɪˈbɪʃ ən, ˌɪn hɪ-

    the feeling of being inhibited

    All her inhibitions and worries were now gone.


  1. inhibition(Noun)

    the act of inhibiting.

  2. inhibition(Noun)

    a personal feeling of fear or embarrassment that stops one behaving naturally.

  3. inhibition(Noun)

    the process of stopping or retarding a chemical reaction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inhibition(noun)

    the act of inhibiting, or the state of being inhibited; restraint; prohibition; embargo

  2. Inhibition(noun)

    a stopping or checking of an already present action; a restraining of the function of an organ, or an agent, as a digestive fluid or ferment, etc.; as, the inhibition of the respiratory center by the pneumogastric nerve; the inhibition of reflexes, etc

  3. Inhibition(noun)

    a writ from a higher court forbidding an inferior judge from further proceedings in a cause before; esp., a writ issuing from a higher ecclesiastical court to an inferior one, on appeal

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