[dis-in-i-bish-uh n, -in-hi-, dis-in-]


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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Contemporary Examples of disinhibition

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

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    The New Fat Hazard

    Susan B. Roberts

    June 26, 2009

  • He told me, "There is a theme in the literature about disinhibition, a buffered sense of reality."

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    Anti-Depressant Nation

    Adam Hanft

    October 5, 2008

British Dictionary definitions for disinhibition



psychol a temporary loss of inhibition, caused by an outside stimulus such as alcohol or a drug
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Word Origin and History for disinhibition

1927; see dis- + inhibition. From the start it was noted as being, often, "inhibition of an inhibition."

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Medicine 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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