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[proh-skrip-shuh n] /proʊˈskrɪp ʃən/
the act of proscribing.
the state of being proscribed.
outlawry, interdiction, or prohibition.
1350-1400; Middle English proscripcioun < Latin prōscrīptiōn- (stem of prōscrīptiō) public notice of confiscation or outlawry, equivalent to prōscrīpt(us) (past participle of prōscrībere to proscribe) + -iōn- -ion
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[proh-skrip-tiv] /proʊˈskrɪp tɪv/ (Show IPA),
proscriptively, adverb
nonproscription, noun
nonproscriptive, adjective
nonproscriptively, adverb
unproscriptive, adjective
unproscriptively, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for proscriptive
  • Decisions at the local level depend on a number of factors, and this study is not designed to be proscriptive.
  • Up until this point, all anti-evolution tactics have been proscriptive.
  • None of these systems of inquiries, however, is proscriptive in the realization of purposeful planned change.
  • No, laws are generally proscriptive unless they or the courts specify otherwise.
  • Any proscriptive regulation of tobacco products inevitably imposes economic burdens upon commerce of those products.
Word Origin and History for proscriptive

1757, from Latin proscript-, past participle stem of proscribere (see proscribe) + -ive. Related: Proscriptively.



late 14c., "decree of condemnation, outlawry," from Latin proscriptionem (nominative proscriptio) "a public notice (of sale); proscription, outlawry, confiscation," noun of action from past participle stem of proscribere (see proscribe).

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Encyclopedia Article for proscriptive


in ancient Rome, a posted notice listing Roman citizens who had been declared outlaws and whose goods were confiscated. Rewards were offered to anyone killing or betraying the proscribed, and severe penalties were inflicted on anyone harbouring them. Their properties were confiscated, and their sons and grandsons were forever barred from public office and from the Senate

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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