- serving or tending to prohibit or forbid something.
- sufficing to prevent the use, purchase, etc., of something: prohibitive prices.
Origin of prohibitive
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Examples from the Web for prohibitively
These fees are “prohibitively expensive, particularly for larger families,” says a statement Human Rights Watch on the issue.Syria’s Palestinians Seek Refuge in Lebanon
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But he said the price of operating the system was prohibitively high.Israel’s Iron Dome: The Ultimate Missile Destroyer
November 18, 2012
It would have been prohibitively difficult to drag anything up.The Rules of the Game
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He would have liked to but the trip was prohibitively expensive.Benefits Forgot
The method of editorial expression in the magazines of 1889 was also distinctly vague and prohibitively impersonal.The Americanization of Edward Bok
Edward William Bok
Group D, after the first raking, shows a prohibitively low and constantly decreasing capacity.
All water supply planning must consider it, for to build against any conceivable shortage would be prohibitively expensive.The Nation's River
United States Department of the Interior
less commonly prohibitory (prəˈhɪbɪtərɪ, -trɪ)
- prohibiting or tending to prohibit
- (esp of prices) tending or designed to discourage sale or purchase
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Word Origin and History for prohibitively
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