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Inhibit  v. t.  (past & past part. inhibited; pres. part. inhibiting)  
To check; to hold back; to restrain; to hinder. "Their motions also are excited or inhibited... by the objects without them."
To forbid; to prohibit; to interdict. "All men were inhibited, by proclamation, at the dissolution, so much as to mention a Parliament." "Burial may not be inhibited or denied to any one."
(Chem., Biochem.) To cause the rate of (a chemical or biochemical reaction) to proceed slower, or to halt; as, vitamin C inhibits oxidation; penicillins inhibit bacterial cell wall synthesis.
To restrain (a behavior) by a mechanism involving conscious or unconscious motivations.

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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"Inhibit" Quotes from Famous Books

... other gory tales, and perhaps later tales like Eugene Aram, and the ophidian medicated novel, Elsie Venner, etc., on the principle of the Aristotelian catharsis to arouse betimes the higher faculties which develop later, and whose function it is to deplete the bad centers and suppress or inhibit their activity. Again, I believe that judicious and incisive scolding is a moral tonic, which is often greatly needed, and if rightly administered would be extremely effective, because it shows the instinctive reaction of the sane conscience against ...
— Youth: Its Education, Regimen, and Hygiene • G. Stanley Hall

... the Justices of Surrey, that according to such direction as hath been given by their Lordships to the Lord Mayor to restrain and inhibit the use of plays and interludes in public places in and about the City of London, in respect of the heat of the year now drawing on, for the avoiding of the infection like to grow and increase ...
— Shakespearean Playhouses - A History of English Theatres from the Beginnings to the Restoration • Joseph Quincy Adams

... then this blating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? Why does Arch-Bishop Elder inhibit the round dance even in day-light? Mr. and Mrs. ECHO and their girls and boys will please answer why? And why has he inhibited all kinds of dancing after dark? Will some member of the same family ...
— There is No Harm in Dancing • W. E. Penn

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