pro·​hib·​it·​ed prō-ˈhi-bə-təd How to pronounce prohibited (audio)
: not permitted : forbidden by authority
The police can arrest anybody found in the vicinity of prohibited drugs, whether he's an innocent visitor or the real culprit.Joel Fort
… it did not now provide an objective standard for differentiating between permitted and prohibited conduct.David Nadvorney

Examples of prohibited in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, Customs and Border Protection in the United States maintains a list of prohibited and restricted items for anyone entering the US and links to other departments if permits are required. Erica Kasper, WIRED, 15 July 2023 The alleged owner of the alligator has been charged with keeping a prohibited and dangerous exotic species, according to the Monmouth County SPCA. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 21 Jan. 2023 For a full list of prohibited and permissible items, visit Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 24 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1532, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prohibited was circa 1532

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“Prohibited.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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