- 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.
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Origin of inhibition
OTHER WORDS FROM inhibitionin·ter·in·hi·bi·tion, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for inhibition
Her ADHD subjects were particularly masterful when the talent in question involved a lack of inhibition.
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.
As a result of this inhibition, all his outdoor playing lacked that complete abandon which is the soul of it.The Soul of a Child|Edwin Bjorkman
It produces death by inhibition of the hearts action, and by paralyzing the pneumogastric nerve.Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why|Martha M. Allen
Properly speaking a motive that does not issue in action—or inhibition—is not a motive at all, it is a mere desire.Determinism or Free-Will?|Chapman Cohen
If in the complete observation, however, any such advantage appears, we may treat it as a case of inhibition.
The second, and still more important, valuable feature of the games, lies in the constant exercise of inhibition.Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium|Jessie H. Bancroft
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
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Cultural definitions for inhibition
A personal hindrance to activity or expression. For example, fear of contracting cancer might serve as an inhibition against smoking.