- 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 formsin·ter·in·hi·bi·tion, noun
Examples from the Web for 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|Ellie Schaack|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As the balloons and electricity scared us, inhibitions were naturally lowered and I saw the flirtation begin.
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
Iranian culture is all about inhibitions; yet she breathed singularity and boldness.
As life goes on, these stored impressions act as inhibitions or stimulations to action, as the case may be.
They are human creatures, erring, broken by passion, mastered by their own inhibitions and doubts and regrets.Euripedes and His Age|Gilbert Murray
But I know too well the inflexibility of his virtue, he will not see me contrary to the inhibitions I have received.Munster Village|Mary Hamilton
Brains and nervous systems are so made, that inhibitions are unable to protect in all cases.
He must use preventions, or inhibitions, as the physiologists term them.Voice Production in Singing and Speaking|Wesley Mills
British Dictionary definitions for inhibitions
- 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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Culture definitions for inhibitions
A personal hindrance to activity or expression. For example, fear of contracting cancer might serve as an inhibition against smoking.