pro·​hib·​i·​tive | \prō-ˈhi-bə-tiv, 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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Thus far, airlines have been reluctant to make long- or even medium-term commitments to blending biofuel with jet fuel because biofuel creation is so cost-prohibitive. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Tonight a Virgin Atlantic 747 will fly on fuel made from industrial waste gas," 2 Oct. 2018 Nearly a decade later, new residential development, as well as commercial projects such as a high-end shuffleboard club, means that while the customer base is everywhere, building that same gym today would likely be cost-prohibitive. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The ascent of climbing gyms, and battle for post-industrial real estate," 25 July 2018 However, that level of service is cost-prohibitive in most places. Phil Diehl,, "Cities hiring social workers to help homeless," 3 June 2018 Last summer, officials started looking at options, including a three-story addition or constructing a new building, but both were cost-prohibitive. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "$4.2M City Hall expansion planned in Valparaiso," 15 May 2018 Then the art market went nuts and even so-so works by 19th-century artists became prohibitive. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "How I Let That $558,000 Bottle of Wine Get Away," 19 Oct. 2018 Though among the most sacred of Hindu sites, a prohibitive seven-to-eight-hour drive from Bangalore, Goa, or Hyderabad limited tourism to those pilgrims willing to make the trek. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Visiting Hampi, an Historic Region of Southern India That's Free of Tourists...For Now," 1 Aug. 2018 Still, before the game, Cashman said the Yankees would not stand pat with their rotation, which needs reinforcement behind the ace Luis Severino, unless the price in a thin market for starting pitchers became prohibitive. New York Times, "Miguel Andujar Gives Yankees a Boost Against the Red Sox. And in the Trade Market?," 30 June 2018 Manchester City have ended their interest in Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, after Pep Guardiola and chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak agreed the cost of the deal had become prohibitive., "Man City Agree to Call Off Alexis Sanchez Move Paving Way for Man Utd & Chelsea Shootout," 15 Jan. 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

: almost certain to perform, win, etc., in the expected way

: stopping people from using or doing something

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