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as in: he is shy and inhibited Define
restrained behavior -- especially due to a lack of confidence
  • Mr Mulligan accepted of the invitation and, expatiating upon his design, told his hearers that he had been led into this thought by a consideration of the causes of sterility, both the inhibitory and the prohibitory, whether the inhibition in its turn were due to conjugal vexations or to a parsimony of the balance as well as whether the prohibition proceeded from defects congenital or from proclivities acquired.
  • a) acquaintance initiated in September 1903 in the establishment of George Mesias, merchant tailor and outfitter, 5 Eden Quay, b) hospitality extended and received in kind, reciprocated and reappropriated in person, c) comparative youth subject to impulses of ambition and magnanimity, colleagual altruism and amorous egoism, d) extraracial attraction, intraracial inhibition, supraracial prerogative, e) an imminent provincial musical tour, common current expenses, net proceeds divided.

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  • She’s personable and funny with her friends, but tends to be inhibited with strangers.
  • I had not yet considered that my dream girl would also lack any inhibition about language; my companions of the past would have been unable to utter the word "breast" without blushing.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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as in: inhibited the growth of... Define
to limit the activity of someone or something
as in: he is shy and inhibited Define
restrained behavior -- especially due to a lack of confidence
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