In my experience...

  • Inhibition is commonly used in different ways, say to render difficult, or to hide, to restrict or hinder, etc.
  • Exhibition can be something like making and art show, presentations, to display or demonstrate, etc.

However, can these be used as antonyms? When looking the construction of the words say the prefixes of "in" v.s. "ex" (generally in and out), I wonder if these words have evolved in a way where the direct use of the deconstructed can be used in the same literal sense as one would have it today, say the 21st century?

Particularly, if I use these words in the following sentence, would it be incorrect or somewhat ambiguous?

Alcohol can cause reduced inhibition (behavioral). Alcohol allows the exhibition of one's true unfiltered personality.

  • add citations for both words if you please – lbf Mar 18 '18 at 22:03
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    @Ibf added oxford links... ? – Joe DF Mar 18 '18 at 22:10
  • a researched question -good – lbf Mar 18 '18 at 22:13
  • I can imagine someone pretending they were antonyms, in a (hopefully) humorous article, and one might "play" on their similar sounds (as you did above) as a sort of alliteration, but to actually assume them to be antonyms in any general sense would be a significant mistake. – Hot Licks Mar 18 '18 at 22:14
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    The antonym for inhibition is "disinhibition". In the context of your example, consider also "extroversion". – Graffito Mar 18 '18 at 22:56

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