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

Other Words from prohibitive

prohibitively adverb
prohibitiveness noun

Examples of prohibitive in a Sentence

the prohibitive cost of rent
Recent Examples on the Web In-person-only events or hybrid choices can be prohibitive in terms of cost. Mayank Agarwal, Forbes, 20 May 2022 This is especially useful for planning potential vacations when the price of your flight is prohibitive. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 3 May 2022 At about $450 per person, excluding drinks, the price can be prohibitive. Bon Appétit, 3 May 2022 For blue-collar migrant workers, the costs of taking these steps can be prohibitive. Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2022 Any repairs would be cost-prohibitive, the letter added. Libor Janystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2022 Fuel cells are an attractive way to electrify rail lines where adding a third rail or catenary is unworkable or cost-prohibitive, and GM is working with train-maker Wabtec to adapt GM's Hydrotec fuel cell platform to power freight locomotives. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 20 Apr. 2022 But for a nonprofit that relies on grants and volunteers, a subscription to such a system would be cost-prohibitive. Michelle Matthews |, al, 6 Apr. 2022 Certain aspects of processing lend well to the scalability and burstability of clouds, while analytics may quickly become cost-prohibitive. Jordan Mcquown, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 27 May. 2022.

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