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[ in-hib-it ]SEE DEFINITION OF inhibits

Synonyms for inhibits

  • constrain
  • curb
  • discourage
  • forbid
  • hinder
  • impede
  • obstruct
  • outlaw
  • prohibit
  • restrain
  • stymie
  • suppress
  • arrest
  • avert
  • bar
  • bit
  • bridle
  • check
  • cramp
  • enjoin
  • faze
  • frustrate
  • hog-tie
  • interdict
  • repress
  • sandbag
  • stop
  • taboo
  • ward
  • withhold
  • hang up
  • hold back
  • hold down
  • hold in
  • keep in
  • put on brakes

Antonyms for inhibits

  • advance
  • aid
  • allow
  • assist
  • encourage
  • facilitate
  • forward
  • free
  • help
  • let go
  • permit
  • promote
  • push
  • release
  • support
  • approve
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What is it which contradicts, inhibits, or negatives the romantic tendency?

The advance of science has brought into vogue a description of nature that inhibits such expectations.

The law exacts the registering of the death, and inhibits a clergyman from officiating except within the consecrated boundary.

If the foot is not it must be because there is something in the skin of the foot that inhibits the development of feathers there.

Praise or blame encourages or inhibits; ritual secures the actual doing and at the same time gives a value to the doing.

By and large, he manifests crassly that which his better-equipped brother spurns or inhibits.

This means that there is a factor that inhibits the development of the narial flap.

In Paris an ordonnance of 1288 inhibits the citizens from carrying pointed knives, swords, bucklers, or other similar weapons.

The ordinary optical iridectomy divides the sphincter iridis and so inhibits the activity of the pupil.

It reinforces, inhibits, redirects habits already working or stirs up others which had not previously actively entered in.


early 15c., "to forbid, prohibit," back-formation from inhibition or else from Latin inhibitus, past participle of inhibere "to hold in, hold back, keep back" (see inhibition). Psychological sense (1876) is from earlier, softened meaning of "restrain, check, hinder" (1530s). Related: Inhibited; inhibiting.