V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: restrained from doing or saying something

Synonyms: shy, reserved, constrained, cautious, quiet, repressed

Antonyms: uninhibited, reckless, spirited, heedless

Tips: Inhibited is derived from the Middle English inhibiten, which means "to forbid." An inhibited person is forbidden or restrained from doing something, mostly by internal constraints. To inhibit means "to restrain or repress," while the adjective uninhibited describes someone who is free from internal restraints. Inhibitions are the things that restrain you. The origin is from the Latin hibere, which means "to hold," so inhibit means "to hold in, to hold [yourself] back." Prohibit means "to not allow"--to hold back by a law or rule.

Usage Examples:

Because he did not know how to dance, he felt inhibited to go out onto the dance floor. (shy, reserved)

After a few drinks, the man lost his inhibitions and danced the night away. (reservations, restraints) noun

You definitely can't describe her as inhibited; she's been a free-spirit her whole life. (reserved, repressed)

The once-reserved young man became rather uninhibited when he left his parents home and entered college. (unreserved, unrepressed, not cautious)

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