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Definition of inhibition noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˌɪnəˈbɪʃn//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a shy or nervous feeling that stops you from expressing your real thoughts or feelings The children were shy at first, but soon lost their inhibitions. She had no inhibitions about making her opinions known.
  2. 2[uncountable] (formal) the act of restricting or preventing a process or an action the inhibition of growth
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: inhibition