disinhibition

disinhibition

[dis-in-i-bish-uhn, -in-hi-, dis-in-]
noun
1.
Psychology. a temporary loss of inhibition caused by an outside stimulus.
2.
Chemistry. removal of an inhibitor.

Origin:
1925–30; dis-1 + inhibition

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disinhibition (ˌdɪsɪnɪˈbɪʃən, -ɪnhɪ-)
 
n
psychol a temporary loss of inhibition, caused by an outside stimulus such as alcohol or a drug

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disinhibition
1927, from dis- + inhibition. From the start noted as, often, "inhibition of an inhibition."
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disinhibition dis·in·hi·bi·tion (dĭs'ĭn-hə-bĭsh'ən, -ĭn-ə-, dĭs-ĭn'-)
n.

  1. A loss of inhibition, as through the influence of drugs or alcohol.

  2. A temporary loss of an inhibition caused by an unrelated stimulus, such as a loud noise.

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