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Inhibition   /ˌɪnhəbˈɪʃən/  /ˌɪnəbˈɪʃən/   Listen

(psychology) the conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts or desires.  Synonym: suppression.
The quality of being inhibited.
(physiology) the process whereby nerves can retard or prevent the functioning of an organ or part.
The action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an instance thereof).  Synonyms: forbiddance, prohibition.  "A medical inhibition of alcoholic beverages" , "He ignored his parents' forbiddance"

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"Inhibition" Quotes from Famous Books

... slave-trade. But the declaration of principles quoted above is not borne out by the facts of history. On this point Dr. Stevens, the historian of Georgia, observes, "Yet in the official publications of that body [the trustees], its inhibition is based only on political and prudential, and not on humane and liberal grounds, and even Oglethorpe owned a plantation and negroes near Parachucla in South Carolina, about forty miles above Savannah."[514] To ...
— History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1 - Negroes as Slaves, as Soldiers, and as Citizens • George W. Williams

... unanimously agreeing that she should be their present Prioress, who had held kindly rule over them through the slow to-decay of the late Abbess. Before, however, this could be done a messenger arrived on a mule bearing an inhibition to the sisters ...
— Grisly Grisell • Charlotte M. Yonge

... of a striving to attain the object. Desire may become an obsession, a torment filling the horizon, and the volition in which it finds its fruition stands forth as a marked relief. This condition of things may be brought about by the inhibition occasioned by the physical impossibility of attaining the object; but it may also be brought about by the struggle of incompatible desires among themselves. The man is drawn in different directions, he is subject to various tensions, and he becomes acutely ...
— A Handbook of Ethical Theory • George Stuart Fullerton

Words linked to "Inhibition" :   inhibit, control, biological process, psychological science, forbiddance, psychology, taboo, abstinence, organic process, reciprocal-inhibition therapy, restraint, physiology, tabu, action

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