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prohibitive

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adjective pro·hib·i·tive \prō-ˈhi-bə-tiv, prə-\

Simple Definition of prohibitive

  • : so high that people are prevented from using or buying something

  • : almost certain to perform, win, etc., in the expected way

  • : stopping people from using or doing something

Full Definition of prohibitive

  1. 1 :  tending to prohibit or restrain

  2. 2 :  tending to preclude use or purchase <prohibitive costs>

  3. 3 :  almost certain to perform as predicted <a prohibitive favorite>

pro·hib·i·tive·ly adverb
pro·hib·i·tive·ness noun

Examples of prohibitive

  1. the prohibitive cost of rent



15th Century

First Known Use of prohibitive

15th century


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