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

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In a legal opinion signed by Attorney General Kevin Clarkson, the department advised that the measure would violate a prohibition on including multiple topics within a single piece of legislation. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Judge says signature-gathering can begin for ranked-choice ballot measure," 12 Sep. 2019 However, when asked whether there should be a prohibition on private insurance, something Sanders’ bill would do, support tends to drop. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "Bernie Sanders won’t endorse John Hickenlooper in Senate race," 6 Sep. 2019 They will be required to provide notice to anyone within a 750-foot radius and meet the city’s safe parking requirements, including some basic health and safety regulations, spacing restrictions and a prohibition on vehicles that leak sewage. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "Mountain View to private landowners: Welcome RV dwellers in your lots," 6 Sep. 2019 The agency that oversees trapping rules and regulations on Thursday suggested a prohibition on traps and snares for public lands on the outskirts of Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Taos. USA TODAY, "Rocket’s last blast, Alaska drought, million-dollar ham: News from around our 50 states," 23 Aug. 2019 In particular, Apple Card may not be used for cash advances or cash equivalents—a prohibition which includes cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, according to the customer agreement posted on Goldman Sachs’ website. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Credit card companies forbid bitcoin purchases—with good reason," 8 Aug. 2019 There is now a prohibition on erecting new billboards. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Scenic Houston announces appointment of Claudia Williamson as interim president and CEO," 2 Aug. 2019 Such a sweeping prohibition seems unlikely to gain traction, but its very existence shows just how much Libra worries the people in charge. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Facebook’s Libra Currency Could Threaten the Global Financial System. Here’s How," 18 July 2019 Vignarajah also proposed policies to make water more affordable for low-income residents: A cap on bills for the poorest customers; forgiveness of penalties for customers who work to pay off debts, and a prohibition on shutting off service. Ian Duncan,, "Baltimore won’t send water bills until at least early August," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of prohibition

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


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


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

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