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[proh-hib-it] /proʊˈhɪb ɪt/
verb (used with object)
to forbid (an action, activity, etc.) by authority or law:
Smoking is prohibited here.
to forbid the action of (a person).
to prevent; hinder.
Origin of prohibit
late Middle English
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
1. interdict. See forbid. 3. obstruct.
1. permit. Unabridged
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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


verb (transitive)
to forbid by law or other authority
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

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

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