- 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 inhibitive
So-called "willfulness" is a will in which the volitional power has not yet been balanced with this inhibitive power.Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium
Jessie H. Bancroft
Yet from the inhibitive side also we have already had important achievements to record.Human Personality and its Survival of Bodily Death
Frederick W. H. Myers
It exerts an inhibitive action upon the growth of microorganisms, but irritates the tissues.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry
Presence of small quantities of potash may be responsible for the inhibitive nature of this black pigment.Paint Technology and Tests
Henry A. Gardner
We were out for a high old time; and part of a high old time was a wild and reckless disregard of inhibitive sporting conventions.The Killer
Stewart Edward White
- 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 inhibitive
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.