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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of inhibiting, or the state of being inhibited; restraint; prohibition; embargo.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The reduction in rate or stopping of a chemical or biochemical reaction, due to interaction with a chemical agent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of inhibiting, or the state of being inhibited; prohibition; restraint; embargo.
  • n. 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.
  • n. In physiology, the lowering of the action of a nervous mechanism by nervous impulses reaching it from a connected mechanism.
  • n. In psychology, the supposed restraint or cancelation of a mental process by other concurrent mental processes.

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

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

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