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prohibitive

[proh-hib-i-tiv] /proʊˈhɪb ɪ tɪv/
adjective
1.
serving or tending to prohibit or forbid something.
2.
sufficing to prevent the use, purchase, etc., of something:
prohibitive prices.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Medieval Latin prohibitīvus. See prohibit, -ive
Related forms
prohibitively, adverb
prohibitiveness, noun
nonprohibitive, adjective
nonprohibitively, adverb
unprohibitive, adjective
unprohibitively, adverb
Can be confused
prohibitive, prohibitory.
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Examples from the web for prohibitive
  • The cost of home redecorating, including professional services and new products or materials, can be prohibitive.
  • Current robots last about an hour on a full charge and the current motors, or actuators, are cost-prohibitive.
  • In the thick of winter, temperatures make visiting prohibitive.
  • Insuring a boat is cost prohibitive, and the majority of fishermen opt not to carry policies.
  • But the cost would be extraordinary, perhaps prohibitive.
  • Because the distance on horseback from the capital to outlying regions was prohibitive.
  • In a recession, the main thing preventing businesses from expanding capacity isn't the prohibitive cost but a lack of demand.
  • You've introduced a prohibitive psychological hurdle for kids who want to get their food and go.
  • The second was the prohibitive cost of developing and deploying the technologies.
  • That's going to become a necessity more than a trend, because it's going to become so prohibitive to buy food from far away.
British Dictionary definitions for prohibitive

prohibitive

/prəˈhɪbɪtɪv/
adjective
1.
prohibiting or tending to prohibit
2.
(esp of prices) tending or designed to discourage sale or purchase
Derived Forms
prohibitively, adverb
prohibitiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for prohibitive
adj.

c.1600, "having the quality of prohibiting," from prohibit + -ive, or else from French prohibitif (16c.), from Late Latin prohibit-, past participle stem of prohibere. Of prices, rates, etc., "so high as to prevent use," it is from 1886. Related: Prohibitively.

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