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inhibition

noun
     
in‧hi‧bi‧tion
1 [uncountable and countable] a feeling of shyness or embarrassment that stops you doing or saying what you really want:
She had no inhibitions about saying what she felt.
People tend to lose their inhibitions when they've drunk a lot of alcohol.
2 [uncountable] technical when something is restricted or prevented from happening or developing:
a marked inhibition of cell growth

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