inhibition:The conscious or unconscious blocking of certain natural behaviors or impulses, usually resulting from such factors as emotional insecurity, fear of consequences, moral qualms, social or cultural forces, guilt; the condition inducing this restraint.
SYNONYMS: barrier; block ; hang-up (hangup); shyness.
(1) Mabel (Alison Skipworth) and Maudie (Mae West) in Night After Night (1932):
-- Mabel Jellyman: ' Maudie, do you really think you can get rid of my inhibitions? '
-- Maudie Triplet: ' Why, sure. I've got an old trunk you can put them in .'
See Also: globus hystericus, hood bondage, hypoactive sexual desire, impotence, impotency, inhibition, invirility
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