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, suppressionnoun

    (psychology) the conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts or desires

  2. inhibitionnoun

    the quality of being inhibited

  3. inhibitionnoun

    (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, forbiddancenoun

    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. Inhibitionnoun

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


  1. inhibitionnoun

    the act of inhibiting.

  2. inhibitionnoun

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

  3. inhibitionnoun

    the process of stopping or retarding a chemical reaction.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Inhibitionnoun

    Etymology: inhibition, Fr. inhibitio, Latin.

    He might be judged to have imposed an envious inhibition on it, because himself has not stock enough to maintain the trade. Government of the Tongue, s. 7.


  1. inhibition

    Inhibition generally refers to the process of restraining or limiting activity and responses, whether physiological or psychological. It can refer to the slowing or preventing of a process, reaction, or impulse. This term is used in various fields like biology, psychology, and neuroscience, often with slightly different specific meanings, but always revolving around the central idea of restriction or suppression.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inhibitionnoun

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

  2. Inhibitionnoun

    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. Inhibitionnoun

    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

  4. 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. Eric Fortune:

    Oftentimes, what happens is after Eric Fortune have inhibition, Eric Fortune have a rebound, and that rebound can change the timing of Eric Fortune own behavior.

  2. Tom Wicker:

    If the true freedom of the press is to decide for itself what to publish and when to publish it, the true responsibility of the press must be to assert and defend that freedom… What the press in America needs is less inhibition, not more restraint.

  3. 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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    a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
    • A. elation
    • B. hunch
    • C. elan
    • D. ditch

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