What does inhibition mean?

Definitions for inhibition
ˌɪn ɪˈbɪʃ ən, ˌɪn hɪ-in·hi·bi·tion

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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"


  1. Inhibition(n.)

    (Chem., Biochem.) The reduction in rate or stopping of a chemical or biochemical reaction, due to interaction with a chemical agent.

    Etymology: [L. inhibitio: cf. F. inhibition.]


  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

    Etymology: [L. inhibitio: cf. F. inhibition.]

  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

    Etymology: [L. inhibitio: cf. F. inhibition.]

  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

    Etymology: [L. inhibitio: cf. F. inhibition.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inhibition in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inhibition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of inhibition in a Sentence

  1. Melissa Etheridge:

    Cannabis is the best marital aid, when it’s date night … It takes down your inhibition; your sexual desires are enhanced. We take a bath every night and smoke and talk and wind down and sleep a very, very good night sleep — and sleep is extremely important.

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