Inhibit
Inhibit In*hib"it, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inhibited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inhibiting}.] [L. inhibitus, p. p. of inhibere; pref. in- in + habere to have, hold. See {Habit}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To check; to hold back; to restrain; to hinder. [1913 Webster]

Their motions also are excited or inhibited . . . by the objects without them. --Bentley. [1913 Webster]

2. To forbid; to prohibit; to interdict. [1913 Webster]

All men were inhibited, by proclamation, at the dissolution, so much as to mention a Parliament. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

Burial may not be inhibited or denied to any one. --Ayliffe. [1913 Webster]

3. (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. [PJC]

4. To restrain (a behavior) by a mechanism involving conscious or unconscious motivations. [PJC]


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