prohibitive

adjective pro·hib·i·tive \ prō-ˈhi-bə-tiv , prə- \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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

prohibitively

adverb

prohibitiveness

noun

Examples of prohibitive in a Sentence

  1. the prohibitive cost of rent

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First Known Use of prohibitive

15th century


PROHIBITIVE Defined for English Language Learners

prohibitive

adjective

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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