interdict

[n. in-ter-dikt; v. in-ter-dikt]
noun
1.
Civil Law. any prohibitory act or decree of a court or an administrative officer.
2.
Roman Catholic Church. a punishment by which the faithful, remaining in communion with the church, are forbidden certain sacraments and prohibited from participation in certain sacred acts.
3.
Roman Law. a general or special order of the Roman praetor forbidding or commanding an act, especially in cases involving disputed possession.
verb (used with object)
4.
to forbid; prohibit.
5.
Ecclesiastical. to cut off authoritatively from certain ecclesiastical functions and privileges.
6.
to impede by steady bombardment: Constant air attacks interdicted the enemy's advance.

Origin:
1250–1300; (noun) < Latin interdictum prohibition, noun use of neuter of interdictus past participle of interdīcere to forbid, equivalent to inter- inter- + -dic- (variant stem of dīcere to speak) + -tus past participle suffix; replacing Middle English enterdit < Old French < Latin, as above; (v.) < Latin interdictus; replacing Middle English enterditen < Old French entredire (past participle entredit) < Latin, as above

interdictor, noun
uninterdicted, adjective
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interdict
 
n
1.  RC Church the exclusion of a person or all persons in a particular place from certain sacraments and other benefits, although not from communion
2.  civil law any order made by a court or official prohibiting an act
3.  Scots law an order having the effect of an injunction
4.  Roman history
 a.  an order of a praetor commanding or forbidding an act
 b.  the procedure by which this order was sought
 
vb
5.  to place under legal or ecclesiastical sanction; prohibit; forbid
6.  military to destroy (an enemy's lines of communication) by firepower
 
[C13: from Latin interdictum prohibition, from interdīcere to forbid, from inter- + dīcere to say]
 
inter'dictive
 
adj
 
inter'dictory
 
adj
 
inter'dictively
 
adv
 
inter'dictor
 
n

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interdict
late 13c., from O.Fr. entredit, pp. of entredire "forbid by decree," from L. interdicere "interpose by speech, prohibit," from inter- "between" + dicere "to speak, to say" (see diction).
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Example sentences
The authorized descriptor information is critical in determining the disposition of interdicted items and accounts.
Cocaine and heroin are smuggled northbound, while currency shipments are usually interdicted on their transport south.
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