Definition of inhibition
2 : an inner impediment to free activity, expression, or functioning: such asa : a mental process imposing restraint upon behavior or another mental process (such as a desire)b : a restraining of the function of a bodily organ or an agent (such 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
Recent Examples of inhibition from the Web
DANCE LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING: No one can see you, so lose all inhibitions and shake what your mama gave ya!
The club was hardly full—Yaeji was playing on the wet and cold night before Mother’s Day—but the track’s frenzied pitch quickly lowered inhibitions.
The three-day conference kicked off with a card game that simultaneously lowered inhibitions of the attendees and gave them a reason to meet new people.
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First Known Use of inhibition
INHIBITION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inhibition for English Language Learners
: 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
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 growthb (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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