prohibition

noun pro·hi·bi·tion \ ˌprō-ə-ˈbi-shən also ˌprō-hə- \
Updated on: 12 May 2018

Definition of prohibition

1 : the act of prohibiting by authority
2 : an order to restrain or stop
3 often capitalized : the forbidding by law of the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic liquors except for medicinal and sacramental purposes

Examples of prohibition in a Sentence

  1. the city's prohibition of smoking in restaurants

  2. a prohibition against parking on the street

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First Known Use of prohibition

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PROHIBITION Defined for English Language Learners

prohibition

Definition of prohibition for English Language Learners

  • : the act of not allowing something to be used or done

  • : a law or order that stops something from being used or done

  • Prohibition : the period of time from 1920 to 1933 in the U.S. when it was illegal to make or sell alcohol


PROHIBITION Defined for Kids

prohibition

noun pro·hi·bi·tion \ ˌprō-ə-ˈbi-shən \

Definition of prohibition for Students

1 : the act of making something illegal or impossible
2 : the forbidding by law of the sale or manufacture of alcoholic liquids for use as beverages

Law Dictionary

prohibition

noun pro·hi·bi·tion \ ˌprō-ə-ˈbi-shən \

legal Definition of prohibition

1 a : an extraordinary writ issued by a higher court commanding an inferior court to keep within its proper jurisdiction (as by ceasing a prosecution)
b : an order to refrain or stop
2 a : something (as a law) that prohibits a certain act or procedure
b capitalized : the period from 1920 to 1933 in the U.S. when the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic liquors was prohibited by the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

prohibitive

play \prō-ˈhi-bə-tiv\ adjective

prohibitively

adverb

prohibitory

play \-ˈhi-bə-ˌtōr-ē\ adjective


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