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inhibited

[in-hib-i-tid] /ɪnˈhɪb ɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
overly restrained.
2.
Psychology. suffering from inhibition.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; inhibit + ed2
Related forms
overinhibited, adjective
semi-inhibited, adjective

inhibit

[in-hib-it] /ɪnˈhɪb ɪt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to restrain, hinder, arrest, or check (an action, impulse, etc.).
2.
to prohibit; forbid.
3.
Psychology. to consciously or unconsciously suppress or restrain (psychologically or sociologically unacceptable behavior).
4.
Chemistry. to decrease the rate of action of or stop (a chemical reaction).
Origin
1425-75; late Middle English inhibiten < Latin inhibitus, past participle of inhibēre to restrain, equivalent to in- in-2 + -hibēre, combining form of habēre to have, hold
Related forms
inhibitable, adjective
inhibitory
[in-hib-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ɪnˈhɪb ɪˈtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
inhibitive, adjective
interinhibitive, adjective
noninhibitive, adjective
noninhibitory, adjective
overinhibit, verb (used with object)
subinhibitory, adjective
uninhibiting, adjective
Synonyms
1. repress, discourage, obstruct. 2. interdict. See forbid.
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British Dictionary definitions for inhibited

inhibit

/ɪnˈhɪbɪt/
verb (transitive) -its, -iting, -ited
1.
to restrain or hinder (an impulse, a desire, etc)
2.
to prohibit; forbid
3.
to stop, prevent, or decrease the rate of (a chemical reaction)
4.
(electronics)
  1. to prevent the occurrence of (a particular signal) in a circuit
  2. to prevent the performance of (a particular operation)
Derived Forms
inhibitable, adjective
inhibitive, inhibitory, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin inhibēre to restrain, from in-² + habēre to have
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Word Origin and History for inhibited

inhibit

v.

early 15c., "to forbid, prohibit," back-formation from inhibition or else from Latin inhibitus, past participle of inhibere "to hold in, hold back, keep back" (see inhibition). Psychological sense (1876) is from earlier, softened meaning of "restrain, check, hinder" (1530s). Related: Inhibited; inhibiting.

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inhibited in Medicine

inhibit in·hib·it (ĭn-hĭb'ĭt)
v. in·hib·it·ed, in·hib·it·ing, in·hib·its

  1. To hold back; restrain.

  2. To suppress or restrain a behavioral process, an impulse, or a desire consciously or unconsciously.

  3. To prevent or decrease the rate of a chemical reaction.

  4. To decrease, limit, or block the action or function of something in the body, as an enzyme or organ.


in·hib'i·to'ry (-tôr'ē) adj.
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