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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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.
So whenever a new year begins, gearheads like us look back 25 years for formerly forbidden cars to import.
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Definition of forbidden for English Language Learners
: not permitted or allowed
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