in·hib·it / inˈhibit/ • v. (-hib·it·ed, -hib·it·ing) [tr.] hinder, restrain, or prevent (an action or process): cold inhibits plant growth. ∎ prevent or prohibit someone from doing something: the earnings rule inhibited some retired people from working. ∎ Psychol. voluntarily or involuntarily restrain the direct expression of (an instinctive impulse). ∎ make (someone) self-conscious and unable to act in a relaxed and natural way: his mother's strictures would always inhibit him. ∎ chiefly Physiol. Biochem. (chiefly of a drug or other substance) slow down or prevent (a process, reaction, or function) or reduce the activity of (an enzyme or other agent). ∎ (in ecclesiastical law) forbid (a member of the clergy) to exercise clerical functions.DERIVATIVES: in·hib·i·tive / -tiv/ adj.in·hib·i·to·ry / -ˌtôrē/ adj.
So inhibition XIV. — OF. or L.