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

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 drinks provided just enough disinhibition to get conversation flowing. Kate Julian, The Atlantic, 1 June 2021 In the role of Jordan Belfort, a super-salesman and super-con-man whose hedonistic will to power is one with his consuming fury, DiCaprio seemed to tap deep into himself, even if in the way of mere fantasy and exuberant disinhibition. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2021 But part of his disinhibition is psychodramatic: playing multiple roles, Murphy unleashes, with a sense of painful revelation, a tangle of rage, cringing fear, furious power, and a sense of perpetual and unresolved outsiderness. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 25 July 2019 The disinhibition is part of why many people like alcohol. German Lopez, Vox, 27 Sep. 2018 Her social disinhibition is a problem, but loneliness can be destructive, too. New York Times, 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, 30 May 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 25 Jan. 2022.

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