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as in: he is shy and inhibited Define
restrained behavior -- especially due to a lack of confidence
  • It was like a child’s game that had lost all inhibition in adult hands.

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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
  • Slowly, feeling the compulsions and unable to inhibit them, Paul put his hand into the box.
  • But I thought Mentat training had to start during infancy and the subject couldn’t be told because it might inhibit the early . " He broke off, all his past circumstances coming to focus in one flashing computation.

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  • The drug inhibits the spread of cancer.
  • In their culture, contact between the young was inhibited by strict social customs.

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unspecified meaning
  • Memory of pain inhibited every movement.
  • It inhibits perspiration.

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  • The thought made her want to kneel beside the bed and take her son in her arms, but she was inhibited by Yueh’s presence.
  • Paul, the smile frozen on his face, feinted with slowness as though inhibited by the drug and at the last instant dodged to meet the downflashing arm on the crysknife’s point.

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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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