Definition of forbidden
1 : not permitted or allowed
2 : not conforming to the usual selection principles —used of quantum phenomena forbidden transition forbidden radiation forbidden spectral line
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Saturday, July 22: An old man goes on the adventure of his life, accompanied by a Boy Scout and 500 balloons, to find the forbidden Paradise Falls.
In academe, the forbidden ideas are typically conservative ones.
Still, there are two very important people who have yet to pop up: Kyle MacLachlan’s original forbidden love interest, Sherilyn Fenn’s Audrey Horne, and the woman many hope might be his future romantic partner, Laura Dern playing Who Knows.
On the first holiday weekend of summer, one is absolutely forbidden to let a looming travel day get in the way of a single sip of seaside rosé or single social media-free minute.
Rabbis say that Jews are still forbidden to step on the Temple Mount, for fear of intruding on the Holy of Holies.
Markis Russell, who was not involved in the fight, was charged with murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle and being a person forbidden to possess a pistol.
Rouhani has since showed himself to be an aggressive campaigner, pushing the boundaries on mentioning forbidden topics.
The forbidden concepts aren’t just things that are socially inappropriate—though those are on the list—but also those deemed rationally inappropriate.
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Definition of forbidden for English Language Learners
: not permitted or allowed
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