for·​bid·​dance fər-ˈbi-dᵊn(t)s How to pronounce forbiddance (audio)
: the act of forbidding

Examples of forbiddance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And Khave, despite Tevye’s absolute forbiddance, marries outside the Jewish faith. Jeryl Brunner, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 Our unashamed view at National Review is that argument is better than forbiddance, that sunlight is preferable to darkness, and that tolerance, not outrage and cancellation, ought to be our default mode. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 10 Feb. 2022 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, 2 Mar. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forbiddance was circa 1611

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“Forbiddance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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