- overly restrained.
- Psychology. suffering from inhibition.
Origin of inhibited
- 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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Related Wordssubdued, reserved, guarded, constrained, frustrated, withdrawn, repressed, cold, reticent, self-conscious, unresponsive, uptight, passionless, undemonstrative
Examples from the Web for inhibited
Thinking and cognition can be inhibited, with executive function demonstrating particularly notable challenges.Study Says Half of Jailed NYC Teens Have History of Brain Injury
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
April 22, 2014
They would normally be inhibited from taking an "anti-Israel" stance in the international arena.The Vote And The Holocaust
Edward S. Goldstein
November 30, 2012
Pretty outlandish, but again, it just shows he is not inhibited in trying any sort of device that might let him hold onto power.The War in Libya: What Will Come of Gaddafi?
Allan Dodds Frank
April 9, 2011
I published my sermon and sent it to the bishop, and he inhibited me!Paul Gosslett's Confessions in Love, Law, and The Civil Service
Charles James Lever
The suggestion of art has inhibited in us every contrary idea.
It was only the psychophysical pain in the brain which had been inhibited.
Any instincts of the family man which might once have reigned in him had long since been inhibited.Jewel
Clara Louise Burnham
More than this, these contractions cannot usually be inhibited.The Psychology of Singing
David C. Taylor
- 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 inhibited
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.