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English noun: inhibition

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


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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