Definition of inhibited in English:



  • Unable to act in a relaxed and natural way because of self-consciousness or mental restraint.

    ‘I could never appear nude, I'm far too inhibited’
    • ‘Now I like to think I sensed some connection between the artful potency of the image and the emotion that normally inhibited people were displaying all around me.’
    • ‘Those who are dissatisfied tend to be self-conscious, inhibited and less effective either at work or socially.’
    • ‘Too much criticism can throw them off balance and make them inhibited or self-conscious.’
    • ‘I felt I was very inhibited and shy and insecure in many ways.’
    • ‘Freud's inhibited, controlled nature extended to his autobiography, which concentrates almost entirely upon the development of psychoanalysis and tells us next to nothing about his personal life.’
    • ‘These results are consistent with retrospective reports of infant irritability, insomnia, and colic among inhibited children.’
    • ‘She explained how she was very inhibited and self conscious about her accent when she first arrived in this country.’
    • ‘Facing new situations is thought to result in gradual desensitization for the inhibited child, just as facing a feared stimulus does in the treatment of phobias.’
    shy, reticent, self-conscious, reserved, diffident, bashful, coy, embarrassed, uneasy, wary, reluctant, uncomfortable, hesitant, apprehensive, nervous, insecure
    unconfident, unassertive, timid, timorous, subdued, withdrawn, tongue-tied
    repressed, constrained, restrained, undemonstrative
    uptight, hung up
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