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prohibit

[proh-hib-it] /proʊˈhɪb ɪt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to forbid (an action, activity, etc.) by authority or law:
Smoking is prohibited here.
2.
to forbid the action of (a person).
3.
to prevent; hinder.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin prohibitus past participle of prohibēre to hold before, hold back, hinder, forbid, equivalent to pro- pro-1 + -hibēre, combining form of habēre to have, hold; see habit
Related forms
prohibiter, prohibitor, noun
unprohibited, adjective
Synonyms
1. interdict. See forbid. 3. obstruct.
Antonyms
1. permit.
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Examples from the web for prohibit
  • Colleges must comply with federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination against students on the basis of disability.
  • Most of these either prohibit buybacks or make them unattractive.
  • Laws prohibit people from harming loggerheads and other sea turtles.
  • Critical habitat designations prohibit federal agencies from taking actions that harm protected species within those areas.
  • Extreme temperatures prohibit fieldwork the rest of the year.
  • But if a court were to take this argument seriously, it would also have to prohibit nepotism in hiring.
  • Most civilised countries have signed conventions that prohibit them from deploying-indeed, from manufacturing-biological weapons.
  • prohibit smoking will do the criminal element a huge favor.
  • There is no reason to prohibit creative interdisciplinary projects.
  • Kosher laws proscribe pork and shellfish and prohibit mixing meat and dairy products.
British Dictionary definitions for prohibit

prohibit

/prəˈhɪbɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to forbid by law or other authority
2.
to hinder or prevent
Derived Forms
prohibiter, prohibitor, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin prohibēre to prevent, from pro-1 + habēre to hold
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Word Origin and History for prohibit
v.

early 15c., from Latin prohibitus, past participle of prohibere "to hold back, restrain" (see prohibition). Related: Prohibited; prohibiting.

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