[ dis-in-i-bish-uh n, -in-hi-, dis-in- ]
/ dɪsˌɪn ɪˈbɪʃ ən, -ˌɪn hɪ-, ˌdɪs ɪn- /


Psychology. a temporary loss of inhibition caused by an outside stimulus.
Chemistry. removal of an inhibitor.

Origin of disinhibition

First recorded in 1925–30; dis-1 + inhibition
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Examples from the Web for disinhibition

  • The physical closeness and accessibility of food are so important for your feelings of temptation and disinhibition.

    The New Fat Hazard|Susan B. Roberts|June 26, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • He told me, "There is a theme in the literature about disinhibition, a buffered sense of reality."

    Anti-Depressant Nation|Adam Hanft|October 5, 2008|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for disinhibition

/ (ˌdɪsɪnɪˈbɪʃən, -ɪnhɪ-) /


psychol a temporary loss of inhibition, caused by an outside stimulus such as alcohol or a drug
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Medical definitions for disinhibition

[ dĭs′ĭn-hə-bĭshən, dĭs-ĭn′- ]


A loss of inhibition, as through the influence of drugs or alcohol.
A temporary loss of an inhibition caused by an unrelated stimulus, such as a loud noise.
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