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
Examples of prohibitive in a Sentence
the prohibitive cost of rent
Recent Examples of prohibitive from the Web
The costs of doing it fast from Earth are prohibitive.
These are barriers that newer, smaller sites would find prohibitive.
The prohibitive favorite is Oregon State, who posted a 49-4 record during the regular season and received 4-1 odds to prevail in Omaha.
Part of the problem is the rarity of the presses and their prohibitive cost.
The Warriors enter the NBA Finals as prohibitive favorites to win a second title in three years.
The performance makes her the prohibitive favorite in not only the girls shot put but the discus as well for the section finals that will be held Saturday at the same venue.
A critical mass of Thunderbolt gear didn’t hit the market until the fall of 2012, again at prohibitive prices.
For without a thoughtful universal-service policy, cyberspace could well end up as alien and cost-prohibitive to the general public as venturing out of town was during the reign of medieval highway robbers.
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First Known Use of prohibitive
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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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