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

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Other Words from disinhibition

disinhibit \ (ˌ)dis-​in-​ˈhi-​bət \ transitive verb
disinhibitor \ -​in-​ˈhi-​bə-​tər \ noun

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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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