- 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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1. interdict. See forbid. 3. obstruct.
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- to forbid by law or other authority
- to hinder or prevent
C15: from Latin prohibēre to prevent, from pro- 1 + habēre to hold
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Word Origin and History for prohibitor
early 15c., from Latin prohibitus, past participle of prohibere "to hold back, restrain" (see prohibition). Related: Prohibited; prohibiting.
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