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This word is also in the group 100 IELTS Words.
  • hinder, restrain, or prevent (an action or process).
  • make (someone) self-conscious and unable to act in a relaxed and natural way.
  • (in ecclesiastical law) forbid (a member of the clergy) to exercise clerical functions.
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The failures are used as a key to understanding the underlying mental processes that inhibit development.

Many developing nations, on the other, argue that intellectual property rights inhibit economic development by restricting use of existing knowledge.

“In big companies, there can be a lot of layers that inhibit the creative process,” she says, explaining her decision to strike out on her own.

That is totally unnecessary and may inhibit you.

Tight “influx” controls were designed to check urban growth and inhibit the development of a black urban working class.

Nor can you allow his prior experience to inhibit you, since it does not put you at a disadvantage in any way that really matters.

Unlike liquid extracted from other varieties of citrus, grapefruit juice can inhibit enzyme reactions in the gut.

Normally, we all inhibit our sexual desires because we fear that we’ll be rejected or that we’ll overwhelm or otherwise hurt the other person.

his mother’s strictures would always inhibit him

I found the discussion of possible physiological mechanisms that inhibit sexual desire in women particularly interesting.

None of these problems is critical, but they all act to inhibit the process of renewing Australia’s economic infrastructure.

It does inhibit the rusting process, at least for six months or so.

The patient is in a panic mode and cannot be counted on to inhibit any impulses.

The federal government stepped in with safety requirements that essentially eliminated the daredevil antics, but didn’t inhibit the growth of passenger airlines.

It also can induce an early turn of the hand at the release point, and hinder and inhibit a clean, smooth follow-through.

All nerve agents act by inhibiting the enzyme acetylcholinesterase, which breaks down the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.

Break it up, and let us staff it with people who care about what they do, and do not have to bow and scrape to a Government bureaucracy that inhibits them from being as constructive as they possibly can be.

But this failure to take responsibility inhibits the learning process.

But while businesses in other areas highlight finance and skills shortages as factors inhibiting growth, nearly one-third of firms in York and North Yorkshire said inadequate transport infrastructure was a major stumbling block.

And their neural centers produce a prominent inhibitory influence on the swimming system.

Grim-faced, head bowed and muttering to himself, Owen walked straight on, allowing the warm Madrid night to swallow him up along with whatever dark thoughts inhibited him.

The study of several of these enzymes suggests that they can have either a positive or an inhibitory effect on proteolysis.

For example, beet and rape support more biodiversity than maize (which is much taller, inhibiting the growth of weeds beneath).

Relationally victimized children also report more self-restraint problems than their peers, including more difficulty inhibiting anger and greater impulsivity.

It also inhibits the thickening of grass, which usually happens in September and October.

My concern remains that an authority like the Restatement inhibits this evolutionary process - though I could be wrong about this.

You hope that if he was inhibited at all by Barry’s presence then he will feel more free in himself and in his playing.

In Canada and in America, if you get caught dumping toxic waste in a river, or you clear-cut an area you weren’t supposed to clear-cut, you’re often fined, but the fine isn’t necessarily all that inhibitive.

Later they said that the presence of the live TV cameras inhibited them from taking aggressive measures to end the ordeal.

The size and weight of early equipment, as well as technical difficulties and financial restraints, inhibited the development of radio communications between the wars.