Probably the inhibitory influence here is anticipation of bad consequences.
While the vagus is inhibitory to the heart it is motor to the lungs.
In such cases the preventive (inhibitory) influence of certain ingoing impulses is but too obvious.
Nor must it be thought that the inhibitory faculty can act only in slowing the heart.
In tachycardia there is an irritation of the accelerator nerves to the heart, in brachycardia of the inhibitory nerves.
Sometimes the pain seems to act as an inhibitory agent on the heart.
Both the heart and the arteries are controlled by excitory and inhibitory nerves.
In health this inhibitory influence is protective and sustaining.
Your every action is the net result of selection among a number of impulses and inhibitory forces or tendencies.
In the intellectual life the inhibitory effect seems far the commoner of the two.
late 15c., from Medieval Latin inhibitorius, from past participle stem of Latin inhibere (see inhibition).
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.
inhibit in·hib·it (ĭn-hĭb'ĭt)
v. in·hib·it·ed, in·hib·it·ing, in·hib·its
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.