- 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 inhibitionsshyness, reticence, embargo, bar, barrier, blockage, restraint, interference, prohibition, obstacle, suppression, interdict, check, prevention, reserve, sublimation
Examples from the Web for inhibitions
Contemporary Examples of inhibitions
When I first arrived at Duke, hooking up with a stranger seemed like a way to shed my inhibitions.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
As the balloons and electricity scared us, inhibitions were naturally lowered and I saw the flirtation begin.All the Grown-Up Hipsters Playing Kids’ Games
June 29, 2014
Humor uncaps our inhibitions, unleashes our energies, seals friendships, patches hurts.The Obligation to be Interesting: James Wolcott’s “Critical Mass”
October 24, 2013
Iranian culture is all about inhibitions; yet she breathed singularity and boldness.Iran's Brave Leading Lady
Lila Azam Zanganeh
June 25, 2009
Historical Examples of inhibitions
They stand for inhibitions which are expressed in feelings that are wholly unproductive.
Then all the tensions and inhibitions of civilized society disappear.
If he opened his eyes it would be, for a little while at least, with his inhibitions suspended.The Dust Flower
She is good, and she has power; but thats in part, I feel, because she has no inhibitions—no doubts.Adrienne Toner
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
She can more understandingly separate him from his inhibitions and his dollars.Bizarre
- 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.