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prohibit

[proh-hib-it] /proʊˈhɪb ɪt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to forbid (an action, activity, etc.) by authority or law:
Smoking is prohibited here.
2.
to forbid the action of (a person).
3.
to prevent; hinder.
Origin of prohibit
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin prohibitus past participle of prohibēre to hold before, hold back, hinder, forbid, equivalent to pro- pro-1 + -hibēre, combining form of habēre to have, hold; see habit1
Related forms
prohibiter, prohibitor, noun
unprohibited, adjective
Synonyms
1. interdict. See forbid. 3. obstruct.
Antonyms
1. permit.
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  • If criticism of this kind is prohibited the doors of the House might as well be shut.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Then we got sycee silver, which was prohibited for exportation.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Have they not prohibited our correspondence upon that very surmise?

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • The use of coaches or other vehicles is prohibited, and the churches are never empty.

  • All women are prohibited from entering these portions of the cloisters.

British Dictionary definitions for prohibited

prohibit

/prəˈhɪbɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to forbid by law or other authority
2.
to hinder or prevent
Derived Forms
prohibiter, prohibitor, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin prohibēre to prevent, from pro-1 + habēre to hold
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Word Origin and History for prohibited

prohibit

v.

early 15c., from Latin prohibitus, past participle of prohibere "to hold back, restrain" (see prohibition). Related: Prohibited; prohibiting.

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