proscription

noun
pro·​scrip·​tion | \ prō-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce proscription (audio) \

Definition of proscription

1 : the act of proscribing : the state of being proscribed
2 : an imposed restraint or restriction : prohibition

Other Words from proscription

proscriptive \ prō-​ˈskrip-​tiv How to pronounce proscription (audio) \ adjective
proscriptively adverb

Examples of proscription in a Sentence

the proscription against bicycles and skateboards is intended to make the plaza a more pedestrian-friendly place a strongly worded proscription against smoking indoors
Recent Examples on the Web But the defense successfully made a technical argument that the length of the barrel on Mr. Rittenhouse’s Smith & Wesson M&P 15 put it outside the law’s proscription. New York Times, 19 Nov. 2021 Never mind that the dossier to back this most recent proscription, reportedly based on intelligence gathered by Israel’s domestic security agency Shin Bet, has been debunked. Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, 17 Nov. 2021 Jonathan approves the proscription of Boko Haram and splinter group Ansaru as terrorist organizations. CNN, 7 Sep. 2021 Whatever its claims to intimacy or revelation, the book is really an extended tribute to the comforts of Amis’s favorite forms of armored thinking—dichotomy, taxonomy, generalization, definition, prescription, and proscription. Leo Robson, Harper's Magazine, 27 Oct. 2020 According to the High Board of Religious Affairs, interest on home loans doesn’t violate Islam’s proscriptions against usury as long as the loan comes from a Turkish state bank and goes to buy a home in a government housing project. Cagan Koc, Bloomberg.com, 10 May 2020 The news of Mann’s proscription should not have come as a surprise. Duncan White, WSJ, 7 Feb. 2020 At the same time, different Amish communities have different sorts of religious proscriptions—some reject rubber wheels, for example, while others embrace them—so Pioneer offers roughly 90 different options. Adam Davidson, WSJ, 16 Jan. 2020 Although there remains a conflict of laws, given the federal government's continued proscriptions against pot, the marijuana economy is nevertheless flourishing. Edvard Pettersson, chicagotribune.com, 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of proscription

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for proscription

Middle English proscripcion, from Latin proscription-, proscriptio, from proscribere

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25 Nov 2021

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“Proscription.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/proscription. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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proscription

noun
pro·​scrip·​tion | \ prō-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce proscription (audio) \

Legal Definition of proscription

1 : the act of proscribing : the state of being proscribed
2 : an imposed restraint or restriction

Other Words from proscription

proscriptive \ -​ˈskrip-​tiv How to pronounce proscription (audio) \ adjective
proscriptively adverb

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