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INHIBITION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inhibition mean? 

INHIBITION (noun)
  The noun INHIBITION has 4 senses:

1. (psychology) the conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts or desires
2. the quality of being inhibited
3. (physiology) the process whereby nerves can retard or prevent the functioning of an organ or part
4. the action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an instance thereof)

  Familiarity information: INHIBITION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INHIBITION (noun)


Sense 1inhibition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(psychology) the conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts or desires

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

inhibition; suppression

Hypernyms ("inhibition" is a kind of...):

abstinence (act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite)

Domain category:

psychological science; psychology (the science of mental life)


Sense 2inhibition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The quality of being inhibited

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("inhibition" is a kind of...):

control; restraint (discipline in personal and social activities)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "inhibition"):

taboo; tabu (an inhibition or ban resulting from social custom or emotional aversion)


Sense 3inhibition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(physiology) the process whereby nerves can retard or prevent the functioning of an organ or part

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Context example:

the inhibition of the heart by the vagus nerve

Hypernyms ("inhibition" is a kind of...):

biological process; organic process (a process occurring in living organisms)

Domain category:

physiology (the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms)


Sense 4inhibition [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an instance thereof)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

forbiddance; inhibition; prohibition

Context examples:

they were restrained by a prohibition in their charter / a medical inhibition of alcoholic beverages / he ignored his parents' forbiddance

Hypernyms ("inhibition" is a kind of...):

action (something done (usually as opposed to something said))


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