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
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adj 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
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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