pro·​hi·​bi·​tion·​ist | \ ˌprō-ə-ˈbi-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce prohibitionist (audio) also ˌprō-hə- \

Definition of prohibitionist

: one who favors prohibition especially, capitalized : a member of a U.S. political party advocating prohibition

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Recent Examples on the Web Some lawmakers, as well as nicotine industry supporters and harm reduction advocates, consider the recent federal approach prohibitionist and draconian. Jamie Ducharme, Time, 29 Apr. 2021 In 1937, the AMA's Legal Counsel Dr. William Woodward testified before Congress in strong and unequivocal opposition to the prohibitionist Marihuana Tax Act. David L. Nathan, H. Westley Clark, CNN, 14 Apr. 2021 During that time, Heflin – a prohibitionist and racist – saw a Black man sitting on a streetcar in Washington, D.C., sipping whiskey with a white woman, according to a historical account. John Sharp, al, 13 Jan. 2021 Therefore, outlawing alcohol would better American society on a wide variety of fronts, prohibitionists thought. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 17 Jan. 2020 Breweries can’t make health claims about their beer, due to regulations put in place after Prohibition (and largely due to the efforts of the same prohibitionists who brought about the 18th Amendment). Jay R. Brooks, The Mercury News, 17 June 2019 Gun prohibitionists [are] rejoicing over their efforts to drag gun owners into court with no due process, strip their rights, then send them home,’’ the league said in a tweet. Jerome Campbell,, 3 May 2018 Instead, the council, spooked by the impassioned prohibitionists who dominated a recent meeting, opted to put the matter before voters, most likely in November of next year. Logan Jenkins,, 20 Oct. 2017 Prohibitionists were trying to legislate individual morality. Mark Lawrence Schrad, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of prohibitionist

1830, in the meaning defined above

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“Prohibitionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of prohibitionist

: someone who supported the laws that made the production and sale of alcohol illegal in the U.S. during Prohibition

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