forbidden

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adjective for·bid·den \fər-ˈbi-dən, fȯr-\

Definition of forbidden

  1. 1 :  not permitted or allowed

  2. 2 :  not conforming to the usual selection principles —used of quantum phenomena forbidden transition forbidden radiation forbidden spectral line

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First Known Use of forbidden

13th century


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Definition of forbidden for English Language Learners

  • : not permitted or allowed



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