pro·​hib·​i·​to·​ry prō-ˈhi-bə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce prohibitory (audio)

Examples of prohibitory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Already, the Indian state is using its arsenal of prohibitory orders to contain these legitimate protests. Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Foreign Affairs, 20 Dec. 2019 Alabama officials say that prohibitory language does not apply to the category of expenditures the state is using for the prisons. Mike Cason |, al, 7 Jan. 2022 Lawyers are seeking a prohibitory order against the execution at a hearing on Monday, having exhausted all other legal appeals. Helen Regan, CNN, 8 Nov. 2021 For instance, Florida’s contracts with New Mexico State, South Alabama and Eastern Washington – with guarantees totaling nearly $3.5 million – say that the agreement can be voided by order of a prohibitory body, which includes the SEC. Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, 31 July 2020 To tackle any law and order situation, the region has been put under a heavy security cover, with prohibitory orders in place against public assembly. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prohibitory was in 1565

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“Prohibitory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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