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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 of prohibitive
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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  • It may also be used with vegetables when the price of butter is prohibitive.

  • Sulkily Papa argued that the cost in any case was prohibitive.

    The Innocent Adventuress Mary Hastings Bradley
  • Here at prices which, except that it is a campaign, would be prohibitive, you can purchase food and drink.

    On the Heels of De Wet The Intelligence Officer
  • What she wished was to dangle it before my eyes and put a prohibitive price on it.

    The Aspern Papers Henry James
  • The only substitute for a dog for certain purposes, it was said, was a monkey, and its price was prohibitive.

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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