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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Short has no chance while Makropoulos has a remote chance, but Dvorkovich is the prohibitive favorite in October. Chris Chase,, "Chess notes," 7 July 2018 The English were such prohibitive favorites British bookies didn’t set odds on the match. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Soccer star's death recalls biggest U.S. win in World Cup history," 18 June 2018 On 12/1/14, the Pool Site Committee rejected two same size pools due to their prohibitive costs, $80 million and $87 million, respectively. Chicago Tribune,, "Letter: OPRF’s antiquated physical education swim requirement," 15 June 2018 The price for closer Blake Treinen appears prohibitive. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs need insurance for the rotation and bullpen, no matter how small the upgrade," 5 July 2018 Contract officers are now free to grant those big-money contracts to Native corporations without going through an approval process that was effectively prohibitive. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Under rule change, Alaska Native corporations could once again get high-dollar government contracts," 26 June 2018 It is said that Klopp would have liked him to stay, although the club will not stand in the player's way by asking for a fee that might be 'prohibitive'., "Liverpool Striker 'Reluctantly' Decides to Leave Club in Search of Regular First Team Football," 26 June 2018 Renting also is prohibitive, with the average rent in Davis about $2,500 a month, according to Zillow, a real estate website. Diana Lambert, sacbee, "Housing prices drive Davis teachers out of town. Legislators could give them a break from parcel taxes. | The Sacramento Bee," 27 May 2018 Adding lanes to the busy highway that is dotted with traffic signals would likely be cost prohibitive, which suggests a more modest intersection redesign solution, state officials have said. Kim Chatelain,, "11 'super streets' to be built on North Shore's traffic-choked U.S. 190," 3 May 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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