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forbidden

[ fer-bid-n, fawr- ]
/ fərˈbɪd n, fɔr- /
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Definition of forbidden

verb
a past participle of forbid.
adjective
not allowed; prohibited: a forbidden food in his religion.
Physics. involving a change in quantum numbers that is not permitted by the selection rules: forbidden transition.
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British Dictionary definitions for forbidden

forbidden
/ (fəˈbɪdən) /

adjective
not permitted by order or law
physics involving a change in quantum numbers that is not permitted by certain rules derived from quantum mechanics, esp rules for changes in the electrical dipole moment of the system

usage for forbidden

It was formerly considered incorrect to talk of forbidding someone from doing something, but in modern usage either from or to can be used: he was forbidden from entering/to enter the building
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