1) (in physiology) the prevention or reduction of the functioning of an organ, muscle, etc., by the action of certain nerve impulses.
2) (in psychoanalysis) an inner command that prevents one from doing something forbidden. Some inhibitions are essential for social adjustment, but excessive inhibitions can severely restrict one's life.
3) (in psychology) a tendency not to carry out a specific action, produced each time the action is carried out.

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