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prohibition

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noun pro·hi·bi·tion \ˌprō-ə-ˈbi-shən also ˌprō-hə-\

Simple Definition of prohibition

  • : the act of not allowing something to be used or done

  • : a law or order that stops something from being used or done

  • Prohibition : the period of time from 1920 to 1933 in the U.S. when it was illegal to make or sell alcohol

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of prohibition

  1. 1 :  the act of prohibiting by authority

  2. 2 :  an order to restrain or stop

  3. 3 often capitalized :  the forbidding by law of the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic liquors except for medicinal and sacramental purposes

Examples of prohibition in a sentence

  1. the city's prohibition of smoking in restaurants

  2. a prohibition against parking on the street



14th Century

First Known Use of prohibition

14th century

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PROHIBITION Defined for Kids

prohibition

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noun pro·hi·bi·tion \ˌprō-ə-ˈbi-shən\

Definition of prohibition for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of making something illegal or impossible

  2. 2 :  the forbidding by law of the sale or manufacture of alcoholic liquids for use as beverages




Law Dictionary

prohibition

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noun pro·hi·bi·tion \ˌprō-ə-ˈbi-shən\

Legal Definition of prohibition

  1. 1a :  an extraordinary writ issued by a higher court commanding an inferior court to keep within its proper jurisdiction (as by ceasing a prosecution) b :  an order to refrain or stop

  2. 2a :  something (as a law) that prohibits a certain act or procedure b capitalized :  the period from 1920 to 1933 in the U.S. when the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic liquors was prohibited by the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

prohibitive \prō-ˈhi-bə-tiv\ play adjective
prohibitively adverb
prohibitory \-ˈhi-bə-ˌtōr-ē\ play adjective




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