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Examples of proscribe in a Sentence
acts that are proscribed by law
regulations proscribe the use of electronic devices on board a plane while it is landing
Recent Examples of proscribe from the Web
Louisiana proscribes the naming of public buildings for living persons.
Such bullets, which can cause wider wound channels, are proscribed in most military use.
The law prohibits the sale of junk food like ice cream, chocolate and potato chips in Chilean schools and proscribes such products from being advertised during television programs or on websites aimed at young audiences.
Seventy-one groups, a mixture of national and international organizations including the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, appear on the list, but National Action was the first right-wing organization to be proscribed.
The outcome of that case could permanently alter American politics by proscribing either party from using political gerrymanders to seize and maintain a legislative monopoly.
There is an exception: A section of the money-laundering statute (section 1956(a)(2)) proscribes international transportations of any money (i.e., not necessarily the proceeds of crime) with the intent of avoiding transaction-reporting requirements.
The freedmen may have gained the right to vote (one that would be proscribed in the years to come in the South by post-Reconstruction laws establishing poll taxes, literacy tests and other measures).
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proscribe vs. prescribe
Proscribe and prescribe each have a Latin-derived prefix that means "before" attached to the verb "scribe" (from scribere, meaning "to write"). Yet the two words have very distinct, often nearly opposite meanings. Why? In a way, you could say it's the law. In the 15th and 16th centuries both words had legal implications. To proscribe was to publish the name of a person who had been condemned, outlawed, or banished. To prescribe meant "to lay down a rule," including legal rules or orders.
PROSCRIBE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of proscribe for English Language Learners
: to make (something) illegal : to not allow (something)
Origin and Etymology of proscribe
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