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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 prohibited
  • As a result, the university is prohibited from enacting or enforcing any policy that restricts the possession or use of firearms.
  • While fireworks are prohibited on aircraft, they may not be prohibited in your back yard depending on local laws.
  • Because of the steep, rocky terrain, biking is prohibited on all trails and allowed only on paved roads in the park.
  • People are not prohibited from developing land in this system.
  • Third-party apps are prohibited from running in the background.
  • Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
  • The other two were prohibited from practising journalism for the same period.
  • At the peak of the closures, fishermen were prohibited from more than a third of area waters.
  • It's astonishing that reading, mediation, and breathing exercises haven't been prohibited.
  • The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law.
British Dictionary definitions for prohibited


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 prohibited



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

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