pro·​hib·​i·​tive | \ prō-ˈhi-bə-tiv How to pronounce prohibitive (audio) , prə- \

Definition of prohibitive

1 : tending to prohibit or restrain
2 : tending to preclude use or purchase prohibitive costs
3 : almost certain to perform as predicted a prohibitive favorite

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Other Words from prohibitive

prohibitively adverb
prohibitiveness noun

Examples of prohibitive in a Sentence

the prohibitive cost of rent
Recent Examples on the Web As meat became increasingly prohibitive, Sunday outdoor cookouts became a rarity in the neighborhood. New York Times, "Ravaged by Covid, Brazil Faces a Hunger Epidemic," 23 Apr. 2021 There are many factors that could inhibit vaccine access: lack of transportation, a prohibitive work schedule, no available child care. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Crowd record, ‘secret prom,’ demand drop: News from around our 50 states," 20 Apr. 2021 Many people who want to have children but are dealing with fertility issues, have had to put fertility treatments on hold, delaying or canceling them due to clinics being closed or prohibitive costs. Natalie Gontcharova,, "Yes, The COVID “Baby Bust” Is Real — Unless You’re Rich," 3 Mar. 2021 The Lakers, after starting the season as prohibitive title favorites, enjoyed that status for maybe two months before losing Anthony Davis (Achilles’ tendon and calf) in February and James (ankle) in March. New York Times, "Injuries Are Raining on the N.B.A.’s Championship Parade," 14 Apr. 2021 The Democratic mayor deemed any removal cost-prohibitive, instead providing explanatory plaques at all four sites. Washington Post, "Four Confederate statues once stood as Baltimore landmarks. Now their pedestals stand ready to send new messages.," 30 Mar. 2021 The Democratic mayor deemed any removal cost-prohibitive, instead providing explanatory plaques at all four sites. Jonathan M. Pitts,, "4 Confederate statues stood as Baltimore landmarks. Now, their pedestals stand ready to send a new message. But what?," 25 Mar. 2021 San Diego County is now expected soon to enter the state’s less restrictive red tier, out of its most prohibitive purple tier. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego unemployment stayed high in January," 12 Mar. 2021 Kemp argued the mandate violated his emergency order prohibiting local action from being more prohibitive than the state's requirements. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Texas attorney general threatens to sue unless Austin leaders rescind mask requirement," 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of prohibitive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Apr 2021

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“Prohibitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of prohibitive

: so high that people are prevented from using or buying something
US : almost certain to perform, win, etc., in the expected way
formal : stopping people from using or doing something

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