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
Examples of prohibitive in a Sentence
the prohibitive cost of rent
Recent Examples of prohibitive from the Web
In one scenario, the Celtics are a distant runner-up lucky to scrape a game off of the prohibitive conference favorites.
Patterson entered Tuesday the prohibitive favorite after victories at Government Peak and Bird Ridge, a pair of uphill-only mountain races.
Which just leaves glamping—a pretty cost-prohibitive lifestyle—and lodging, which can be hard to get to and not ideal for privacy.
But there have been other moves—such as picking Florida’s Dante Fowler third overall in 2015, despite the fact that Fowler had a prohibitive three-cone time for a top pass rusher—that have confounded those who believe in the numbers.
And yes, these costs can in fact be cost-prohibitive to many women.
Sheriff Marlin Gusman (pictured) wanted $36 million from the city to run the jail — a prohibitive budget request that would become a recurring theme for the next seven years.
Heading into this year’s Masters, Johnson won three consecutive starts and was the prohibitive favorite.
Would anyone have believed that the man Baseball America has bumped down its prospect list in consecutive off-seasons is the prohibitive favorite for rookie of the year?
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Definition of prohibitive for English Language Learners
: so high that people are prevented from using or buying something
: almost certain to perform, win, etc., in the expected way
: stopping people from using or doing something
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