• WordNet 3.6
    • v inhibit to put down by force or authority "suppress a nascent uprising","stamp down on littering","conquer one's desires"
    • v inhibit limit the range or extent of "Contact between the young was inhibited by strict social customs"
    • v inhibit control and refrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior
    • v inhibit limit, block, or decrease the action or function of "inhibit the action of the enzyme","inhibit the rate of a chemical reaction"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inhibit (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.
    • Inhibit To check; to hold back; to restrain; to hinder. "Their motions also are excited or inhibited . . . by the objects without them."
    • Inhibit 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."
    • Inhibit To restrain (a behavior) by a mechanism involving conscious or unconscious motivations.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inhibit To hold back; hinder by obstruction or restriction; check or repress.
    • inhibit To forbid; prohibit; interdict.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Inhibit in-hib′it to hold in or back: to keep back: to check
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inhibitus, p. p. of inhibere,; pref. in-, in + habere, to have, hold. See Habit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. inhibēre, -hibitumin, in, habēre, to have.


In literature:

He has fewer complexes than any other type because he does not inhibit as much.
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
Evolution has taken place through the steady loss of inhibiting factors.
"A Critique of the Theory of Evolution" by Thomas Hunt Morgan
One thought at length inhibited all others.
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
Without his Skin Rastignac was no longer fearfully inhibited.
"Rastignac the Devil" by Philip José Farmer
It's a case of inhibition.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
The motor response may be delayed, or inhibited altogether, but the tendency is always in that direction.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
Taipi might; he ought; it was a chief part of his duty; but would any one regard the inhibition of a Beggar on Horseback?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
In fact immortality for man, according to the story, is forever inhibited, according to verses 22-24.
"From Bondage to Liberty in Religion" by George T. Ashley
There is not the slightest act of attention which does not involve such inhibition.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 4, August 1908" by Various
May it not remove a dead-weight of inhibitions which has kept the human spirit under bonds to past attitudes and methods?
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars

In poetry:

All my inhibition left me in a flash,
When he robbed me of my clothes,
But his body became my new dress.
Like a bee hovering on a lotus leaf
He was there in my night, on me!
"All My Inhibition Left Me In A Flash" by Vidyapati

In news:

Studies Show JAK1/2 Inhibition Increases Tumor Cell Susceptibility to NK- Mediated Lysis.
Sickle Cell MicroRNAs Inhibit the Malaria Parasite p127.
Forget Fear, Whining and Inhibition.
Extreme temperatures cause stress on plants and inhibit the physiological growth process.
Shedding inhibitions in the Alps ' oldest spa town.
Once you accept that, you come to realize that taste is not meant to inhibit, but to et ceterate.
Inhibition of transporters by interacting drugs can lead to altered exposure of other drugs that are substrates of transporters .
Clinical studies have shown that DeCode's experimental drug DG031 inhibits a gene variant 's ability to cause heart attacks, said Stefansson.
Waterhemp to HPPD-Inhibiting Herbicides.
A population of common waterhemp has developed resistance to postemergent application of HPPD-inhibiting herbicides(e.g.
Most children with behavioral inhibition or early anxiety symptoms will not develop clinical problems.
Do you inhibit your natural body language when you're speaking in public because of your self-consciousness.
Will public biases inhibit cloning technology.
KOCHVILLE TOWNSHIP, MI — A Saginaw Valley State University student says the school is inhibiting his freedom of speech, but university officials say otherwise.
In your opinion, what is the primary factor inhibiting patients from seeking chiropractic care.

In science:

Thus, if the spherical result is applicable to a thin layer on the surface of a sphere, we would not expect the buoyancy to inhibit Ekman pumping.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
If accretion onto magnetized, rapidly rotating, NSs is strongly inhibited, then an absence of IACNs could also imply that recycled pulsars dominate the population of single NSs.
Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton Accretion Model for Low-luminosity X-ray Sources in Globular Clusters
For the low frequencies, the inhibition seems still possible.
Acoustic radiation in randomly-layered structures
Thus, we conjecture that TI development inhibits that of RT.
The nonlinear development of the thermal instability in the atomic ISM and its interaction with random fluctuations
This, in turn, inhibits any possible mechanistic (ob jective) view of reality.
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