Definitions of inhibition

  1. the action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding ( or an instance thereof); " they were restrained by a prohibition in their charter"; " a medical inhibition of alcoholic beverages"; " he ignored his parents' forbiddance"
  2. ( physiology) the process whereby nerves can retard or prevent the functioning of an organ or part; " the inhibition of the heart by the vagus nerve"
  3. ( psychology) the conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts or desires
  4. the quality of being inhibited
  5. 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 ferment, etc.; as, the inhibition of the respiratory center by the pneumogastric nerve; the inhibition of reflexes, etc.
  6. 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.
  7. The act of inhibiting or restraining: the state of being inhibited: prohibition: a writ from a higher court to an inferior judge to stay proceedings.
  8. Prohibition; a writ to forbid a judge from proceeding further in a cause before him; a writ to prevent one from alienating his heritable estate until the debt of a creditor is paid.
  9. Restraint; a writ from a higher to a lower court to stay proceedings; in Scot., a process in law which hinders or restrains a wife from burdening her husband with debts.
  10. Prohibition or checking of an action already commenced.

Usage examples for inhibition

  1. The highest aim of Mental Hygiene should be to increase the power of mental inhibition amongst all men and women. – A Poor Man's House by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  2. In the well- known cases of deadly antipathy which have been recorded, the most frequent cause has been the disturbed and depressing influence of the centre of inhibition. – A Mortal Antipathy by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  3. Inhibition of action through antagonistic impulses, or action returning upon itself, we have defined it; and the line cannot be drawn sharply between these types. – The Psychology of Beauty by Ethel D. Puffer
  4. It would have saved us an immense deal of inhibition of all the art impulses of this country, which were almost completely choked off for so long by the narrow Puritanism so rampant in New England and so diffusively potent in our educational system. – Education: How Old The New by James J. Walsh
  5. The inhibition upon the exercise of a specified power does not warrant the implication that, but for such inhibition, the power might have been exercised. – Monopolies and the People by D. C. Cloud
  6. Robert's mind was quite made up, but he scanned her face anxiously to see if she really meant her inhibition. – Barbara Ladd by Charles G. D. Roberts
  7. As was to be expected, the alarm reached to other countries, and Switzerland has adopted a similar inhibition. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  8. And the more frightened they are the more powerful is the inhibition. – The Window-Gazer by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
  9. There is no agency that can so effectively and naturally develop power of inhibition as games. – Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium by Jessie H. Bancroft
  10. But probably the most valuable training of all is that of inhibition- that power for restraint and self- control which is the highest aspect of the will and the latest to develop. – Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium by Jessie H. Bancroft
  11. Here again, as in the two sides of the body, appear, surely, the factors of Dominance and Recessiveness- in other words of Maleness and Femaleness; of strength and activity upon material planes, and of inhibition upon these. – Feminism and Sex-Extinction by Arabella Kenealy
  12. Desire of her will make any woman beautiful, and fear will exercise an absolute inhibition upon the aesthetic sense. – Four-Dimensional Vistas by Claude Fayette Bragdon
  13. Within the limits of this essay it is impossible to go into this difficult question; it is, however, important from the point of view of our general survey to emphasise the fact that the physiological distinctions between base and apex of pieces of stem are only of a quantitative kind, that is, they consist in the inhibition of certain phenomena or in favouring them. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others
  14. We have learned, however, that inhibition is one of the important functions of the nervous system. – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh