verb (used with object)
- inherited character,
- inhibitory fiber
Origin of inhibit
Examples from the Web for inhibitory
The moment these inhibitory ideas ceased, the original idea exerted its effects.The Psychology of Salesmanship|William Walker Atkinson
The inhibitory action upon the nervous organs is the primary effect.Insomnia; and Other Disorders of Sleep|Henry M. Lyman
Finally, there is no reason why an inhibitory reflex action should not originate in the sympathetic itself.
In the intellectual life the inhibitory effect seems far the commoner of the two.The Psychology of Arithmetic|Edward L. Thorndike
This has sometimes been attributed to what has been called the inhibitory effect of Christianity on worldly interests.Old-Time Makers of Medicine|James J. Walsh
verb -its, -iting or -ited (tr)
- to prevent the occurrence of (a particular signal) in a circuit
- to prevent the performance of (a particular operation)
Word Origin for inhibit
late 15c., from Medieval Latin inhibitorius, from past participle stem of Latin inhibere (see inhibition).
early 15c., "to forbid, prohibit," back-formation from inhibition or else from Latin inhibitus, past participle of inhibere "to hold in, hold back, keep back" (see inhibition). Psychological sense (1876) is from earlier, softened meaning of "restrain, check, hinder" (1530s). Related: Inhibited; inhibiting.