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[proh-hib-i-tiv] /proʊˈhɪb ɪ tɪv/
serving or tending to prohibit or forbid something.
sufficing to prevent the use, purchase, etc., of something:
prohibitive prices.
Origin of prohibitive
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. Unabridged
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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


prohibiting or tending to prohibit
(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

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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