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prohibit

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verb pro·hib·it \prō-ˈhi-bət, prə-\

Simple Definition of prohibit

  • : to order (someone) not to use or do something

  • : to say that (something) is not allowed

  • : to make (something) impossible to do

Full Definition of prohibit

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to forbid by authority :  enjoin

  3. 2 a :  to prevent from doing something b :  preclude

Examples of prohibit

  1. The rules prohibit dating a coworker.

  2. The prison's electric fence prohibits escape.



Origin of prohibit

Middle English, from Latin prohibitus, past participle of prohibēre to keep off, from pro- forward + habēre to hold — more at pro-, give


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of prohibit

forbid, prohibit, interdict, inhibit mean to debar one from doing something or to order that something not be done. forbid implies that the order is from one in authority and that obedience is expected <smoking is forbidden in the building>. prohibit suggests the issuing of laws, statutes, or regulations <prohibited the sale of liquor>. interdict implies prohibition by civil or ecclesiastical authority usually for a given time or a declared purpose <practices interdicted by the church>. inhibit implies restraints or restrictions that amount to prohibitions, not only by authority but also by the exigencies of the time or situation <conditions inhibiting the growth of free trade>.

Rhymes with prohibit



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