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    #1

    prohibit/inhibit

    What´s the difference?


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    Re: prohibit/inhibit

    I am inhibited about walking into a bar on my own = I feel embarrassed about walking into a bar on my own.

    You are prohibited from walking into a bar on your own = You are forbidden to walk into a bar on your own.

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    Re: prohibit/inhibit

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I am inhibited about walking into a bar on my own = I feel embarrassed about walking into a bar on my own.

    You are prohibited from walking into a bar on your own = You are forbidden to walk into a bar on your own.
    How about :

    according to dictionary.com

    inhibit means "to prohibit", so I may think that they're synonyms, but in what sense do they differ from each other


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    Re: prohibit/inhibit

    "inhibit" does have another meaning of preventing someone from something.

    Drugs can inhibit the growth of tumours.


    In my understanding it is not synonymous with prohibit, which has the connotation of authority to prevent.

    prohibition = 1387, from O.Fr. prohibition (1237), from L. prohibitionem (nom. prohibitio) "a hindering, forbidding," from prohibitus, pp. of prohibere "hold back," from pro- "away, forth" + habere "to hold


    inhibition = c.1375, from O.Fr. inibicion, from L. inhibitionem (nom. inhibitio) "a restraining," from stem of inhibere "hold in, restrain, hinder," from in- "in, on" + habere "to hold"

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    Re: prohibit/inhibit

    say, I inhibit/prohibit you to go in the house.

    I prohibit you means that I don't like you to go in my house.
    I inhibit you means that I am there standing by the door that you can't go in.


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    Re: prohibit/inhibit

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    say, I inhibit/prohibit you to go in the house.

    I prohibit you means that I don't like you to go in my house. I forbid you to go into my house.
    I inhibit you means that I am there standing by the door that you can't go in. My presence at the door makes you reluctant to go through it.
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