prohibition

noun
pro·​hi·​bi·​tion | \ ˌprō-ə-ˈbi-shən How to pronounce prohibition (audio) also ˌprō-hə- How to pronounce prohibition (audio) \

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

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Examples of prohibition in a Sentence

the city's prohibition of smoking in restaurants a prohibition against parking on the street
Recent Examples on the Web The dispute over how to interpret Arizona's prohibition on vaccine mandates could be a sign of what's to come. Yana Kunichoff, The Arizona Republic, 15 July 2021 The historic building was constructed by the DiCillo family in 1926 or ‘27 as a grocery store/meat market, and became a bar in 1933, soon after prohibition was repealed. cleveland, 8 July 2021 Now, a statewide smoking cessation group called Breathe Easy Indiana is aiming at a wider prohibition. Carole Carlson, chicagotribune.com, 7 July 2021 Denying the permit violated the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition against trade protectionism between states, the coal states argued in 2020. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 30 June 2021 In November, the Alabama and Georgia Associations of Realtors and property management companies challenged the lawfulness of the CDC's prohibition in federal district court, arguing the agency exceeded its authority in issuing the moratorium. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 30 June 2021 In most cases, this legal prohibition applies to the practices the parties (union and employer) agree to follow during the negotiation process. Star Tribune, 28 June 2021 Denying the permit violated the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition against trade protectionism between states, the coal states argued in 2020. Mead Gruver, ajc, 28 June 2021 Several Utah cities are banning people from setting off their own fireworks this year during the record drought, but many Republicans are against a statewide prohibition. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 2 July 2021

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First Known Use of prohibition

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Prohibition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prohibition. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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prohibition

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prohibition

: the act of not allowing something to be used or done
: a law or order that stops something from being used or done
: the period of time from 1920 to 1933 in the U.S. when it was illegal to make or sell alcohol

prohibition

noun
pro·​hi·​bi·​tion | \ ˌprō-ə-ˈbi-shən How to pronounce prohibition (audio) \

Kids Definition of prohibition

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

prohibition

noun
pro·​hi·​bi·​tion | \ ˌprō-ə-ˈbi-shən How to pronounce prohibition (audio) \

Legal Definition of prohibition

1a : 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
2a : 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

Other Words from prohibition

prohibitive \ prō-​ˈhi-​bə-​tiv How to pronounce prohibition (audio) \ adjective
prohibitively adverb
prohibitory \ -​ˈhi-​bə-​ˌtōr-​ē How to pronounce prohibition (audio) \ adjective

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