Synonyms & Antonyms of interdict

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Synonyms & Antonyms of interdict (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to order not to do or use or to be done or used
  • the state legislature moved to interdict the use of radar-detection devices by motorists

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2 to stop, seize, or interrupt while in progress or on course
  • federal agents are able to interdict only a small percentage of the narcotic shipments into the country

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How does the verb interdict differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of interdict are forbid, inhibit, and prohibit. While all these words mean "to debar one from doing something or to order that something not be done," interdict implies prohibition by civil or ecclesiastical authority usually for a given time or a declared purpose.

practices interdicted by the church

When is forbid a more appropriate choice than interdict?

While in some cases nearly identical to interdict, forbid implies that the order is from one in authority and that obedience is expected.

smoking is forbidden in the building

When is it sensible to use inhibit instead of interdict?

Although the words inhibit and interdict have much in common, inhibit implies restraints or restrictions that amount to prohibitions, not only by authority but also by the exigencies of the time or situation.

conditions inhibiting the growth of free trade

In what contexts can prohibit take the place of interdict?

In some situations, the words prohibit and interdict are roughly equivalent. However, prohibit suggests the issuing of laws, statutes, or regulations.

prohibited the sale of liquor

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The first known use of interdict was in the 15th century

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“Interdict.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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