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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
If the mistake involves safety and your organization has strong policies in place that proscribe what will happen in a safety incident, your disciplinary decision may be easier.
Allen, who lost to Hurst in a bid for mayor in 2011, argues that running a mayor's court is part of a mayor's proscribed duties under state law and therefore additional compensation is not allowed.
Duterte formally halted talks with the Maoist guerrillas in November due to continuing rebel attacks and declared them as terrorists in the first step of a legal process to proscribe their group.
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).
In the West, Christian dogma had defined all creatures as there for the convenience and utility of humanity, and the Catholic Church’s frequent fast days, where the consumption of meat was proscribed, ensured a constant demand for fish.
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Did You Know?
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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