inhibition

When you have inhibitions, you're self-conscious and maybe a little anxious. A shy child at a birthday party might have fun only after abandoning her inhibitions and joining a game of musical chairs.

An inhibition is a force that prevents something from happening—and often comes from you yourself. Shy people are often said to suffer from inhibitions. Some inhibitions are good, such as the one that prevents us from choking the life out of people we dislike. Other inhibitions, like the ones that prevent someone from ever enjoying himself, are not so great.

Definitions of inhibition
  1. noun
    the action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an instance thereof)
    “a medical inhibition of alcoholic beverages”
    synonyms: forbiddance, prohibition
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    type of:
    action
    something done (usually as opposed to something said)
  2. noun
    (psychology) the conscious exclusion of unacceptable thoughts or desires
    synonyms: suppression
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    type of:
    abstinence
    act or practice of refraining from indulging an appetite
  3. noun
    (physiology) the process whereby nerves can retard or prevent the functioning of an organ or part
    “the inhibition of the heart by the vagus nerve”
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    type of:
    biological process, organic process
    a process occurring in living organisms
  4. noun
    the quality of being inhibited
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    types:
    taboo, tabu
    an inhibition or ban resulting from social custom or emotional aversion
    type of:
    control, restraint
    discipline in personal and social activities
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