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English noun: inhibition

1. inhibition (act) (psychology) the conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts or desires


Synonymssuppression


Broader (hypernym)abstinence


Domain categorypsychological science, psychology

2. inhibition (attribute) the quality of being inhibited


Broader (hypernym)control, restraint


Narrower (hyponym)taboo, tabu

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


SamplesThe inhibition of the heart by the vagus nerve.


Broader (hypernym)biological process, organic process


Domain categoryphysiology

4. inhibition (act) the action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an instance thereof)


SamplesThey were restrained by a prohibition in their charter.
A medical inhibition of alcoholic beverages.
He ignored his parents' forbiddance.


Synonymsforbiddance, prohibition


Broader (hypernym)action









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