prohibition

noun
pro·​hi·​bi·​tion | \ ˌprō-ə-ˈbi-shən also ˌprō-hə- \

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

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Among them are the creation of a statewide threat-assessment database and the removal of a prohibition against teachers serving as armed guardians, a proposal that has stirred controversy. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "A Year After Parkland Shooting, Communities Reflect," 14 Feb. 2019 There was a brief prohibition against all means of contraception in 1588 under Pope Sixtus V, however, it was ignored by both the clergy and the commoners, and repealed immediately following Pope Sixtus V’s death. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Catholic Church Has No Moral Argument on Abortions," 11 Feb. 2019 The challengers argued that his policy amounts to the Muslim ban that Mr. Trump called for as a candidate, violating the Constitution's prohibition against religious bias. CBS News, "Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban," 26 June 2018 Again, there may have been laws on the books that restricted people from traversing certain boundaries, but actually implementing that prohibition was a different story. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "What If There Were No Borders?," 30 Nov. 2018 Canada’s national approach has allowed for unfettered industry banking, inter-province shipments of cannabis and billions of dollars in investment — a sharp contrast with national prohibition in the United States. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Canada is ready to open the door wide to legal marijuana," 16 Oct. 2018 The prohibitions are due to the finding of chronic wasting disease at Wild Rivers Whitetails, a deer breeding farm in Goodman. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Baiting and feeding bans initiated due to CWD-positive deer farm in Marinette County," 6 July 2018 But many Saudis were still trying to process their new reality on Sunday, the first day that overturned what had been one of the most sacrosanct prohibitions in the absolute monarchy. Margaret Coker, New York Times, "Saudi Women Can Now Drive. Overcoming Beliefs on Gender Will Be Harder.," 24 June 2018 New Jersey said the Constitution allows Congress to pass laws barring wagering on sports, but Congress can't require states to keep sports gambling prohibitions in place. Jessica Gresko, Houston Chronicle, "Supreme Court makes sports betting a possibility nationwide," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of prohibition

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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 \

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 \ adjective
prohibitively adverb
prohibitory \ -​ˈhi-​bə-​ˌtōr-​ē \ adjective

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