Simple Definition of inhibition
: a nervous feeling that prevents you from expressing your thoughts, emotions, or desires
: the act of preventing or slowing the activity or occurrence of something
Full Definition of inhibition
2 : an inner impediment to free activity, expression, or functioning: as a : a mental process imposing restraint upon behavior or another mental process (as a desire) b : a restraining of the function of a bodily organ or an agent (as an enzyme)
Examples of inhibition in a sentence
She laughed loudly and without inhibition.
<an innate inhibition made it difficult for him to tell his girlfriend what he was really feeling>
First Known Use of inhibition
Medical Definition of inhibition
: the act or an instance of inhibiting or the state of being inhibited: asa (1): a stopping or checking of a bodily action : a restraining of the function of an organ or an agent (as a digestive fluid or enzyme) <inhibition of the heartbeat by stimulation of the vagus nerve> <inhibition of plantar reflexes> (2): interference with or retardation or prevention of a process or activity <inhibition of bacterial growth>b (1): a desirable restraint or check upon the free or spontaneous instincts or impulses of an individual guided or directed by the social and cultural forces of the environment <the self-control so developed is called inhibition—C. W. Russell> (2): a neurotic restraint upon a normal or beneficial impulse or activity caused by psychological inner conflicts or by sociocultural forces of the environment <other outspoken neurotic manifestations are general inhibitions such as inability to think, to concentrate—Muriel Ivimey> <inhibitions, phobias, compulsions, and other neurotic patterns—Psychological Abstracts>
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