disinhibition

noun dis·in·hi·bi·tion \ (ˌ)dis-ˌin-(h)ə-ˈbi-shən \

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

disinhibit

play \(ˌ)dis-in-ˈhi-bət\ transitive verb

disinhibitor

play \-in-ˈhi-bə-tər\ noun

Recent Examples of disinhibition from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'disinhibition.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of disinhibition

circa 1927

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Learn More about disinhibition


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up disinhibition? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to fill with foolish love or admiration

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!