- to restrain, hinder, arrest, or check (an action, impulse, etc.).
- to prohibit; forbid.
- Psychology. to consciously or unconsciously suppress or restrain (psychologically or sociologically unacceptable behavior).
- Chemistry. to decrease the rate of action of or stop (a chemical reaction).
Origin of inhibit
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Examples from the Web for inhibiting
Suppose the orthodoxies and superstitions succeed in inhibiting me.A Far Country, Complete
This cause he seems to find in the inhibiting effects of extreme temperatures upon development.The Organism as a Whole
Those that act directly upon the bacteria in milk, restraining or inhibiting their development.Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition
H. L. Russell
The nervous shock had thrown the stomach out of order, inhibiting the secretion of gastric juice.Nervous Breakdowns and How to Avoid Them
Charles David Musgrove
Evolution has taken place through the steady loss of inhibiting factors.A Critique of the Theory of Evolution
Thomas Hunt Morgan
- to restrain or hinder (an impulse, a desire, etc)
- to prohibit; forbid
- to stop, prevent, or decrease the rate of (a chemical reaction)
- to prevent the occurrence of (a particular signal) in a circuit
- to prevent the performance of (a particular operation)
Word Origin and History for inhibiting
early 15c., "to forbid, prohibit," back-formation from inhibition or else from Latin inhibitus, past participle of inhibere "to hold in, hold back, keep back" (see inhibition). Psychological sense (1876) is from earlier, softened meaning of "restrain, check, hinder" (1530s). Related: Inhibited; inhibiting.
- To hold back; restrain.
- To suppress or restrain a behavioral process, an impulse, or a desire consciously or unconsciously.
- To prevent or decrease the rate of a chemical reaction.
- To decrease, limit, or block the action or function of something in the body, as an enzyme or organ.