Definition of Inhibitory in English :

Define Inhibitory in English

Inhibitory meaning in English

Meaning of Inhibitory in English

Pronunciation of Inhibitory in English

Inhibitory pronunciation in English

Pronounce Inhibitory in English


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1. inhibitory, repressing, repressive

restrictive of action

Example Sentences:
'a repressive regime'
'an overly strict and inhibiting discipline'

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verb -its, -iting or -ited (transitive)
to restrain or hinder (an impulse, a desire, etc)
to prohibit; forbid
to stop, prevent, or decrease the rate of (a chemical reaction)
4. electronics
to prevent the occurrence of (a particular signal) in a circuit
to prevent the performance of (a particular operation)

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see synonyms of inhibitory
verb transitive
to hold back or keep from some action, feeling, etc.; check or repress
2.  Rare
to prohibit; forbid

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tr.v. in·hib·it·ed, in·hib·it·ing, in·hib·its
a. To hold back; restrain: barricades that inhibited the movement of the crowd; a lack of knowledge that inhibited his inclination to ask questions. See Synonyms at restrain.
b. To cause (a person) to behave in a restrained or self-conscious way: He felt inhibited by the presence of so many famous people.
c. Psychology To suppress or restrain (behavior, an impulse, or a desire) consciously or unconsciously.
a. Chemistry To prevent or decrease the rate of (a reaction).
b. Biology To decrease, limit, or block the action or function of (an enzyme or organ, for example).
3. To prohibit (an ecclesiastic) from performing clerical duties.

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