- the act of prohibiting.
- the legal prohibiting of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic drinks for common consumption.
- (often initial capital letter) the period (1920–33) when the Eighteenth Amendment was in force and alcoholic beverages could not legally be manufactured, transported, or sold in the U.S.
- a law or decree that forbids.
Origin of prohibition
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Examples from the Web for prohibition
The trade flouts a March 2014 prohibition on all exports of weaponry and military equipment to Moscow.Ukraine Militias Warn of Anti-Kiev Coup
November 28, 2014
While the end of prohibition brought an end to the alcohol black market in America, the ubiquity of it brought its own problems.The Real Election Winner: Weed
November 5, 2014
After the end of Prohibition in 1933, alcohol was once again legal throughout Arkansas.Will Arkansas’ Prohibition Finally End?
November 1, 2014
The first major shift towards the Republican Party in Texas came with Prohibition.How Religion Turned Texas Red
August 20, 2014
Or take Breaker bourbon, the “first bourbon produced in Southern California since Prohibition.”Your ‘Craft’ Rye Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana
July 28, 2014
But again, in a provoking manner, he reminded me of the prohibition.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
What I want to know is, does this prohibition apply to donkeys?
In the fact that I have no right to prohibit anything to others lies no prohibition.Freeland
The old man, in spite of the prohibition, rose uncertainly to his feet.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
Don't advise me, my dear, to subscribe to my mother's prohibition of correspondence with you.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
- the act of prohibiting or state of being prohibited
- an order or decree that prohibits
- (sometimes capital) (esp in the US) a policy of legally forbidding the manufacture, transportation, sale, or consumption of alcoholic beverages except for medicinal or scientific purposes
- law an order of a superior court (in Britain the High Court) forbidding an inferior court to determine a matter outside its jurisdiction
- the period (1920–33) when the manufacture, sale, and transportation of intoxicating liquors was banned by constitutional amendment in the US
Word Origin and History for prohibition
late 14c., "act of prohibiting, a forbidding by authority," from Anglo-French and Old French prohibition (early 13c.), from Latin prohibitionem (nominative prohibitio) "a hindering, forbidding; legal prohibition," noun of action from past participle stem of prohibere "hold back, restrain, hinder, prevent," from pro- "away, forth" (see pro-) + habere "to hold" (see habit). Meaning "forced alcohol abstinence" is 1851, American English; in effect nationwide in U.S. as law 1920-1933 under the Volstead Act.
People whose youth did not coincide with the twenties never had our reverence for strong drink. Older men knew liquor before it became the symbol of a sacred cause. Kids who began drinking after 1933 take it as a matter of course. ... Drinking, we proved to ourselves our freedom as individuals and flouted Congress. We conformed to a popular type of dissent -- dissent from a minority. It was the only period during which a fellow could be smug and slopped concurrently. [A.J. Liebling, "Between Meals," 1959]
The outlawing of alcoholic beverages nationwide from 1920 to 1933, under an amendment to the Constitution. The amendment, enforced by the Volstead Act, was repealed by another amendment to the Constitution in 1933.