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inhibited -- as in: he is shy and inhibited
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restrained behavior -- especially due to a lack of confidence
  • 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
  • I honestly think that you have low latent inhibition, also known as LLI.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • The histories revealed in each a severe degree of sexual inhibition.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood

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  • I think their inhibition comes by the means of the late innovation.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Elves can’t lie in the ancient language, but they have no such inhibition in ours-she could deny that Ajihad ever uttered those words if it served her purposes.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • It was like a child’s game that had lost all inhibition in adult hands.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • He had disguised the event as a football rally, strictly for students, without the inhibition of the teachers being present.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • Deanna’s lack of inhibition was one of the things that Theresa loved most about her.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • In retrospect she saw that her sudden lack of inhibition had intoxicated her more than any of the men had.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake

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  • Or, as he writes again: "Every pathological disorder of sexual life is rightly to be regarded as an inhibition in development."
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • And afterwards she developed an inhibition in regard to him where Grace was concerned.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • 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.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The regret that I felt for this, while I lingered alone to dream for a little by myself, made me suffer so acutely that, in order not to feel it, my mind of its own accord, by a sort of inhibition in the instant of pain, ceased entirely to think of verse-making, of fiction, of the poetic future on which my want of talent precluded me from counting.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • I think it takes some terrible or great event to fuse two people together without inhibition.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Latent inhibition is what allows people to shut down some stimuli so that they can focus on other stimuli.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • You, however, don’t have a lot of latent inhibition.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • When the planes lined up on the field, engines bellowing and snow lifting from the ground in patches that rocketed away on the wind, the pilots cleansed themselves of inhibition, and in the unbearable sound of the motors and the ceaseless vibration they entirely forgot fear and softness.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Though it was too early for berries, it was just the right time for roses, which made impenetrable barriers between sun-drenched fields, surrounded every house and barn, and grew without inhibition from the heart of broken stone walls.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • 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.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • I felt inhibited because everyone else in the room knew so much more about the subject.
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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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