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inhibited

If something is inhibited it's held back or kept from doing something. An inhibited infection is kept from spreading, possibly by antibiotics.

We often use the word inhibited to describe someone’s behavior, especially if that person is self-conscious about doing something, but it also describes the simple fact of being restrained. If you washed your pants in hot water and they shrank and you could just barely squeeze them on, your movement would be inhibited. The Latin root of inhibited is inhibere, "to hold in or hold back."

Definitions of inhibited
  1. adjective
    held back or restrained or prevented
    “in certain conditions previously inhibited conditioned reactions can reappear”
    Synonyms:
    pent-up, repressed
    characterized by or showing the suppression of impulses or emotions
    smothered, stifled, strangled, suppressed
    held in check with difficulty
    reserved
    marked by self-restraint and reticence
    restrained
    under restraint
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    Antonyms:
    uninhibited
    not inhibited or restrained
    abandoned
    free from constraint
    earthy
    hearty and lusty
    unrepressed
    not repressed
    unsuppressed
    given vent to
    unreserved
    not cautious or reticent
    unrestrained
    not subject to restraint
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