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

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Other Words from proscription

proscriptive \ prō-​ˈskrip-​tiv How to pronounce proscriptive (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 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, "A Swing and Amis," 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,, "Turkish Clerics Defy 1,400 Years of Edicts With Home Loan U-Turn," 10 May 2020 The news of Mann’s proscription should not have come as a surprise. Duncan White, WSJ, "‘Thomas Mann’s War’ Review: The Man and the Moment," 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, "An Amish Lesson for Small Business Success," 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,, "This is how you sell pot paraphernalia to rich people," 6 Sep. 2019 Since glass and metal can be used as weapons, the proscription against them is presumably for security reasons. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "ICE detainees are no longer getting condiments on their sandwiches," 20 June 2019 There is indeed a great deal of evidence that most acquired characteristics are not inherited, but as the new findings have shown, this proscription is not absolute. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Darwinian Evolution Explains Lamarckism’," 2 June 2017 If approved by the court, the proscription could serve as a legal weapon and basis for the government in securing court clearances to put rebel leaders and fighters under surveillance and freeze their bank accounts and assets, Ong said. Washington Post, "Philippines to court: Declare communist groups as terrorists," 21 Feb. 2018

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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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“Proscription.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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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 proscriptive (audio) \ adjective
proscriptively adverb

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