Definition of inhibition noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪnhɪˈbɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnhɪˈbɪʃn//
    ; BrE BrE//ˌɪnɪˈbɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnɪˈbɪʃn//
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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. See related entries: Nervous
  2. 2[uncountable] (formal) the act of restricting or preventing a process or an action the inhibition of growth
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘forbidding, a prohibition’): from Latin inhibitio(n-), from the verb inhibere ‘hinder’, from in- ‘in’ + habere ‘hold’.Extra examples They had no inhibitions about voicing their feelings. Young children will participate in a drama class without inhibition. an inhibition against certain behaviour
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