Civil Law. any prohibitory act or decree of a court or an administrative officer.
Roman Catholic Church. a punishment by which the faithful, remaining in communion with the church, are forbidden certain sacraments and prohibited from participation in certain sacred acts.
Roman Law. a general or special order of the Roman praetor forbidding or commanding an act, especially in cases involving disputed possession.
- in·ter·dic·tor, noun
- un·in·ter·dict·ed, adjective
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How to use interdict in a sentence
Foreign security sector support can and should include efforts to interdict poachers.The Curse of CAR: Warlords, Blood Diamonds, and Dead Elephants | Christopher Day | May 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Excommunications were again hurled at Bruce and his bishops, and Scotland was laid under ecclesiastical interdict.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
The interdict included you with Mordred; it is not to be removed while you remain alive.
Mordred attacked; the Bishop of Canterbury dropped down on him with the interdict.
We imagined we had educated it out of them; they thought so, too; the interdict woke them up like a thunderclap!
Is reason so largely developed in the great mass of men that the priests should interdict its use as dangerous?Letters To Eugenia | Paul Henri Thiry Holbach
British Dictionary definitions for interdict
RC Church the exclusion of a person or all persons in a particular place from certain sacraments and other benefits, although not from communion
civil law any order made by a court or official prohibiting an act
Scots law an order having the effect of an injunction
an order of a praetor commanding or forbidding an act
the procedure by which this order was sought
to place under legal or ecclesiastical sanction; prohibit; forbid
military to destroy (an enemy's lines of communication) by firepower
- interdictive or interdictory, adjective
- interdictively, adverb
- interdictor, noun
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