for·​bid·​dance | \fər-ˈbi-dᵊn(t)s, fȯr-\

Definition of forbiddance 

: the act of forbidding

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This proves fast enough for thrills, but not so fast as to trigger parental forbiddance from Popular Mechanics editor in chief Ryan D'Agostino, John's father and my boss. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "This Is Why We Love ATVs," 2 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of forbiddance

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forbiddance was circa 1611

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a knickknack or trinket

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