Inhibit

In*hib"it

(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inhibited; p. pr. & vb. n. Inhibiting.] [L. inhibitus, p. p. of inhibere; pref. in- in + habere to have, hold. See Habit.]
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1. To check; to hold back; to restrain; to hinder.
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Their motions also are excited or inhibited . . . by the objects without them.
Bentley.
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2. To forbid; to prohibit; to interdict.
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All men were inhibited, by proclamation, at the dissolution, so much as to mention a Parliament.
Clarendon.
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Burial may not be inhibited or denied to any one.
Ayliffe.
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3. (Chem., Biochem.) To cause the rate of (a chemical or biochemical reaction) to proceed slower, or to halt; as, vitamin C inhibits oxidation; penicillins inhibit bacterial cell wall synthesis.
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4. To restrain (a behavior) by a mechanism involving conscious or unconscious motivations.
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