- 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
How to use inhibition in a sentence
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|Ellie Schaack|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Daniel Genis|June 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Privately, he had huge inhibitions about hustling, but he fought them down and sweated.What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles—Nik Cohn Remembers|Nik Cohn|February 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Humor uncaps our inhibitions, unleashes our energies, seals friendships, patches hurts.The Obligation to be Interesting: James Wolcott’s “Critical Mass”|William Giraldi|October 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But after his re-election, he will suffer from no such electoral inhibitions.The Coming War|Benny Morris|July 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Just as—ah—well—I must say that a number of tourists have a tendency to chuck their inhibitions during the rituals.The Mating of the Moons|Kenneth O'Hara
Instantaneous sympathy and the lack of poisonous inhibitions are the outstanding emotional assets of this type.How to Analyze People on Sight|Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
I only read in Scripture of two inhibitions—boxing and polygamy.Quips and Quiddities|William Davenport Adams
Gerda and Gerda's friends knew no inhibitions of speech or thought.Dangerous Ages|Rose Macaulay
When these inhibitions are partly or entirely removed the secondary sexual characters of the opposite sex may appear.The Organism as a Whole|Jacques Loeb
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.