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

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In addition to being time prohibitive for a new mom, there are also potential side effects, including headaches, dizziness, excessive sleepiness, and sudden loss of consciousness. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The FDA Has Approved the First Postpartum Depression Drug—And It’s a Game-Changer," 20 Mar. 2019 Although the commission is interpreting the law broadly, the First, Second and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal have agreed that local fees can be prohibitive, especially when considered in aggregate across jurisdictions. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Throttling the 5G Internet," 25 Sep. 2018 The Duke of Kent sold his Buckinghamshire manor house, Coppins, in 1974, after its hefty running costs proved prohibitive, and Prince Michael followed suit in 2006, parting with his glorious Gloucestershire residence Nether Lypiatt. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth's Fortune Is Divided Among the Members of the Royal Family," 16 Feb. 2019 Sunscreen technology here is woefully behind other countries, and strict FDA rules and the prohibitive cost of testing new ingredients have prevented any real innovation. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The “best” lipstick probably won’t change your life — but the search for it can," 12 Dec. 2018 Now, their ongoing inspection and maintenance, along with expensive liability insurance, make their continued presence cost-prohibitive, said Biron. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Plan To Remove Jewett City Dams Meets With Misgivings," 12 June 2018 But Pendergast and other school districts say long wait times and high legal costs can make the H-1B prohibitive. New York Times, "Teacher Pay Is So Low in Some U.S. School Districts That They’re Recruiting Overseas," 2 May 2018 These price hikes, more than higher rates, make the costs prohibitive for some buyers. Washington Post, "Landing the right house in a tough market for homebuyers," 18 Apr. 2018 These price hikes, more than higher rates, make the costs prohibitive for some buyers. Sarah Skidmore Sell, USA TODAY, "Home-buying tips: How to land the right house in a tough market for buyers," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of prohibitive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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