- the blocking or holding back of one psychological process by another.
- inappropriate conscious or unconscious restraint or suppression of behavior, as sexual behavior, often due to guilt or fear produced by past punishment, or sometimes considered a dispositional trait.
- a restraining, arresting, or checking of the action of an organ or cell.
- the reduction of a reflex or other activity as the result of an antagonistic stimulation.
- a state created at synapses making them less excitable by other sources of stimulation.
Origin of inhibition
Related Words for inhibitionshyness, reticence, embargo, bar, barrier, blockage, restraint, interference, prohibition, obstacle, suppression, interdict, check, prevention, reserve, sublimation
Examples from the Web for inhibition
Contemporary Examples of inhibition
Her ADHD subjects were particularly masterful when the talent in question involved a lack of inhibition.ADHD's Upside Is Creativity, Says New Study
February 8, 2011
For some, the drug can produce a haze of inhibition, making sex crazier, hotter, and more erotic.
As for the Ambien sex haze, Sara says she missed that window of inhibition.
Historical Examples of inhibition
Sudden death, which seems due to a phenomenon of inhibition.
This professor did not explain what he meant by 'death due to inhibition'?
The professor claims that death is due to a phenomenon of inhibition.
We saw that in every act of attention the process of inhibition is essential.Psychotherapy
He pronounced the inhibition lengthily and sonorously, so that the 'not' sounded like 'n-o-o-o-t!'A Pair of Blue Eyes
- a mental state or condition in which the varieties of expression and behaviour of an individual become restricted
- the weakening of a learned response usually as a result of extinction or because of the presence of a distracting stimulus
- (in psychoanalytical theory) the unconscious restraining of an impulseSee also repression
late 14c., "formal prohibition; interdiction of legal proceedings by authority;" also, the document setting forth such a prohibition, from Old French inibicion and directly from Latin inhibitionem (nominative inhibitio) "a restraining," from past participle stem of inhibere "to hold in, hold back, keep back," from in- "in, on" (see in- (2)) + habere "to hold" (see habit). Psychological sense of "involuntary check on an expression of an impulse" is from 1876.
A personal hindrance to activity or expression. For example, fear of contracting cancer might serve as an inhibition against smoking.