- 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
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Examples from the Web for prohibit
At that point, the Library of Congress can once again decide to prohibit consumers from unlocking their cell phones.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive
December 29, 2014
No problem—Congress is about to prohibit us from buying them.Why Does the USA Depend on Russian Rockets to Get Us Into Space?
P. J. O’Rourke
June 22, 2014
His first demand was that the country's official constitution be rewritten to prohibit extradition.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens
June 7, 2014
And the health law might not prohibit it, opening a door to potential erosion of employer-based coverage.Hold On to Your Health Care
Kaiser Health News
May 7, 2014
And yet Louisiana does not prohibit a far stranger peccadillo: sex with corpses.Our Dumb Puritan Laws: Sex Bans and Illegal Adultery
April 20, 2014
In the fact that I have no right to prohibit anything to others lies no prohibition.Freeland
These races often prohibit marriage with individuals of another race.The Sexual Question
The constitution is interpreted to prohibit women from holding any other office.
Legislation was soon to prohibit this custom, and railways to make it unnecessary.The Story of the Cambrian
C. P. Gasquoine
This wonderful way is to prohibit the use of sharp hatchets in France.Sophisms of the Protectionists
- to forbid by law or other authority
- to hinder or prevent
Word Origin and History for prohibit
early 15c., from Latin prohibitus, past participle of prohibere "to hold back, restrain" (see prohibition). Related: Prohibited; prohibiting.