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[proh-hib-it] /proʊˈhɪb ɪt/
verb (used with object)
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
late Middle English
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
1. interdict. See forbid. 3. obstruct.
1. permit. Unabridged
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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


verb (transitive)
to forbid by law or other authority
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



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

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