[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. progressivity,
  2. prohibit,
  3. prohibition,
  4. prohibition party,
  5. prohibitionist,
  6. prohibitory,
  7. prohormone,
  8. proinsulin,
  9. project,
  10. project note

Origin of prohibitive

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

Related forms
Can be confusedprohibitive 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 Formsprohibitively, adverbprohibitiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for non-prohibitive



c.1600, "having the quality of prohibiting," from prohibit + -ive, or else from French prohibitif (16c.), from Late Latin prohibit-, past participle stem of prohibere. Of prices, rates, etc., "so high as to prevent use," it is from 1886. Related: Prohibitively.

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