Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of inhibiting or the state of being inhibited.
  • noun Something that restrains, blocks, or suppresses.
  • noun Psychology Conscious or unconscious restraint of a behavioral process, desire, or impulse.
  • noun Chemistry The condition in which or the process by which a reaction is inhibited.
  • noun Biology The condition in which or the process by which an enzyme, for example, is inhibited.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of inhibiting, or the state of being inhibited; prohibition; restraint; embargo.
  • noun In English law, a writ to forbid a judge from further proceedings in a cause depending before him, issuing usually from a higher ecclesiastical court to an inferior one, on appeal.
  • noun In physiology, the lowering of the action of a nervous mechanism by nervous impulses reaching it from a connected mechanism.
  • noun In psychology, the supposed restraint or cancelation of a mental process by other concurrent mental processes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of inhibiting, or the state of being inhibited; restraint; prohibition; embargo.
  • noun (Physiol.) A stopping or checking of an already present action; a restraining of the function of an organ, or an agent, as a digestive fluid or enzyme, etc.
  • noun (Law) A writ from a higher court forbidding an inferior judge from further proceedings in a cause before; esp., a writ issuing from a higher ecclesiastical court to an inferior one, on appeal.
  • noun (Chem., Biochem.) The reduction in rate or stopping of a chemical or biochemical reaction, due to interaction with a chemical agent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the act of inhibiting.
  • noun psychology a personal feeling of fear or embarrassment that stops one behaving naturally.
  • noun chemistry the process of stopping or retarding a chemical reaction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

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