[ proh-hib-i-tiv ]
/ proʊˈhɪb ɪ tɪv /


serving or tending to prohibit or forbid something.
sufficing to prevent the use, purchase, etc., of something: prohibitive prices.

Origin of prohibitive

From the Medieval Latin word prohibitīvus, dating back to 1595–1605. See prohibit, -ive

Related forms

Can be confused

prohibitive prohibitory Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for non-prohibitive


less commonly prohibitory (prəˈhɪbɪtərɪ, -trɪ)

/ (prəˈhɪbɪtɪv) /


prohibiting or tending to prohibit
(esp of prices) tending or designed to discourage sale or purchase

Derived Forms

prohibitively, adverbprohibitiveness, noun
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