Inhibitive fear

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Inhibitive fear is the affect of mental distress or agitation on moral responsibility. Because most meaningful human actions incite some fear in the actor, the fear usually does not mitigate moral responsibility for action or inaction.

Actions taken through fear, such as cheating due to fear of flunking, are still considered to be wrong by moral people and by churches.[1]


  1. See, e.g., John A. Hardon, S.J., Modern Catholic Dictionary p. 279 (1999).