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 New York State is currently trying to arrange a bulk purchase of tablets with disabled cameras for mental-health patients, but the cost is likely to prove prohibitive. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Why Psychiatric Wards Are Uniquely Vulnerable to the Coronavirus," 21 Apr. 2020 Multiplying these computing costs by thirty for trailing node AI chips, or even more for leading node CPUs, would make such experiments economically prohibitive. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Why artificial intelligence is so important in the coronavirus era," 14 Apr. 2020 In a statement to Quartz, Alarm Phone said the organization was worried about the increasingly prohibitive measures on migrants attributed to coronavirus. Camille Baker, Quartz, "Conditions for migrants are so dire that Covid-19 isn’t even their deadliest threat," 9 Apr. 2020 Under the Affordable Care Act, the out-of-pocket maximum is capped around $6,000 for a single person and $16,000 for a family — a prohibitive amount for low-income people. Mallory Moench,, "The coronavirus is exposing inequalities in Bay Area medical access," 20 Mar. 2020 For voters who fear a statewide format will create inflexibility and prohibitive travel demands, other states can provide an interesting case study. Nate Weitzer,, "High school playoff vote: What can we learn from how other states handle tournaments?," 26 Feb. 2020 Senator Bernie Sanders stood in the middle of the seven-candidate field, flanked by competitors all too aware that his lead in the Democratic primary is on the verge of becoming prohibitive. Molly Ball, Time, "Desperate Democrats Brawl in Chaotic South Carolina Debate," 25 Feb. 2020 Both Phoenix and Zellweger were the heavy, even prohibitive favorites, having swept the Golden Globe, British BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice awards in recent months. Washington Post, "‘Parasite’ makes Oscars history as the first foreign-language film to win best picture," 10 Feb. 2020 In 1886, the federal Margarine Act slapped prohibitive licenses and fees on manufacturers., "Americans love soda, fancy water and fake milk. Can the dairy industry keep up?," 7 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of prohibitive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Prohibitive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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