dis·​in·​hi·​bi·​tion | \ (ˌ)dis-ˌin-(h)ə-ˈbi-shən How to pronounce disinhibition (audio) \

Definition of disinhibition

: loss or reduction of an inhibition (as by the action of interfering stimuli or events) disinhibition of a reflex disinhibition of violent tendencies

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Other Words from disinhibition

disinhibit \ (ˌ)dis-​in-​ˈhi-​bət How to pronounce disinhibition (audio) \ transitive verb
disinhibitor \ (ˌ)dis-​in-​ˈhi-​bə-​tər How to pronounce disinhibition (audio) \ noun

Examples of disinhibition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The paper describes six factors involved in producing the disinhibition effect—including the sense of anonymity and invisibility—which contribute to some users’ propensity for treating life online as a game in which rules and norms no longer apply. Brian Merchant, Harper's magazine, "Click Here to Kill," 31 Dec. 2019 Online platforms also trigger disinhibition causing people to act with greater intensity and frequency online than in person. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Trolling of Shanann Watts’ family exposes the other dark web," 25 July 2019 The disinhibition is part of why many people like alcohol. German Lopez, Vox, "We need to talk about Brett Kavanaugh and alcohol," 27 Sep. 2018 Her social disinhibition is a problem, but loneliness can be destructive, too. New York Times, "Should I Tell My Hosts About My Medical Marijuana?," 29 May 2018 Much more rarely — in between 1 and 4 percent of users — Ambien has been associated with odd behavioral and psychiatric side effects, including hallucinations, disorientation, and disinhibition. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Roseanne’s flimsy defense for her racist tweet: Ambien," 30 May 2018 Some researchers, however, believe that autistic traits, in conjunction with psychotic symptoms, can contribute to the disinhibition that precipitates predatory aggression. James D. Walsh, Daily Intelligencer, "A Son Took His Mother Out Fishing. She Never Came Back.," 23 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of disinhibition

circa 1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disinhibition was circa 1927

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“Disinhibition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disinhibition. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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