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
the city's prohibition of smoking in restaurants
a prohibition against parking on the street
Recent Examples of prohibition from the Web
The Syrian Foreign Ministry in a statement also lashed out at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, saying its investigation has been subjected to political extortion, costing the agency its credibility and impartiality.
The prohibition was ignored to ill effect on Aug. 11, 2003, when two workers at PF-4 inhaled plutonium after a sudden reaction between that material, organic cheesecloth, and acid.
The report by the group, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said the conclusions were based on evidence that included analysis of victims, environmental samples and witness interviews.
With the move Wednesday, the U.S. is stopping short of the complete prohibition that DHS Secretary John Kelly had said was possible.
Plus there's only so much that can be accomplished in OTAs and minicamp because of the prohibition against hitting.
The prohibition on doing business with the military is significant because since the 1990s, the Cuban military has been taking control of ever larger chunks of the economy, partly because military managers are viewed as more efficient.
Although the U.S. lifted the prohibition in 2006, NPCIL is still playing catch-up.
It was started by the women who drank in the throes of Prohibition (hence the name cocktail ring).
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First Known Use of prohibition
PROHIBITION Defined for English Language Learners
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
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
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
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