- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM inhibitionin·ter·in·hi·bi·tion, noun
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How to use inhibition in a sentence
Conscious, slow, deep breaths cause sympathoinhibition, or inhibition of the sympathetic nervous system, which is exactly what gets over-excited when you’re anxious or stressed.How to keep your anxiety from spiraling out of control|Sara Chodosh|January 15, 2021|Popular-Science
The blow keeps you awake and the alcohol lowers your inhibitions.Guitar legend Eddie Van Halen dies of cancer at 65|radmarya|October 6, 2020|Fortune
So the team conducted separate analyses of enzyme activity which found no protease inhibition at all.A popular heartburn medicine doesn’t work as a COVID-19 antiviral|Tina Hesman Saey|July 27, 2020|Science News
Adaptations to responses other than fear may also have built on this coupling of heartbeat and inhibition.How Your Heart Influences What You Perceive and Fear|Jordana Cepelewicz|July 6, 2020|Quanta Magazine
That’s why I like “social inhibition” or “bystander inhibition,” because that tells you what the effect is.5 Psychology Terms You’re Probably Misusing (Ep. 334 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|January 9, 2020|Freakonomics
But the author of the more recent and definitive three-volume life, Robert Skidelsky, felt no such inhibition.Niall Ferguson Responds to the Blogospherse|David Frum|May 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In an all-girls class, he says, girls are encouraged to speak up without inhibition.Classroom Warfare: Same-Sex Classes at Public Schools Ignite a Fight |Abigail Pesta|August 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Hanging can trigger a reflex known as vagal inhibition, which can instantly stop the heart.Mary Kennedy’s Last Days: Distress From RFK Divorce, New Girlfriend|Michael Daly|May 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Her ADHD subjects were particularly masterful when the talent in question involved a lack of inhibition.ADHD's Upside Is Creativity, Says New Study|Casey Schwartz|February 8, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Driven without inhibition or pause, until another hand grasped mine.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks|Max Brooks|January 14, 2011|DAILY BEAST
No plays should be given during the time of sickness, or during any inhibition ordered at any time by the city authorities.Shakespearean Playhouses|Joseph Quincy Adams
Physical inhibition in the growth of the brain involves, on the mental side, feeble-mindedness and idiocy.Psychotherapy|Hugo Mnsterberg
But not satisfied with this, she determined to be revenged on her husband by obtaining, if possible, his inhibition.Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events|S. Baring-Gould
Movements and contractions due to nervousness are entirely purposeless; they even defy the most earnest efforts at inhibition.The Psychology of Singing|David C. Taylor
Flogging has become a pleasure purchasable in our streets, and inhibition a grown-up habit that children play at.A Treatise on Parents and Children|George Bernard Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for inhibition
- 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
Scientific definitions for inhibition
Cultural definitions for inhibition
A personal hindrance to activity or expression. For example, fear of contracting cancer might serve as an inhibition against smoking.