- an order of a government prohibiting the movement of merchant ships into or out of its ports.
- an injunction from a government commerce agency to refuse freight for shipment, as in case of congestion or insufficient facilities.
- any restriction imposed upon commerce by edict.
- a restraint or hindrance; prohibition.
- to impose an embargo on.
Origin of embargo
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- a government order prohibiting the departure or arrival of merchant ships in its ports
- any legal stoppage of commercean embargo on arms shipments
- a restraint, hindrance, or prohibition
- to lay an embargo upon
- to seize for use by the state
C16: from Spanish, from embargar, from Latin im- + barra bar 1
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Word Origin and History for pre-embargo
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
A governmental restriction on trade for political purposes. The objective is to put pressure on other governments by prohibiting exports to or imports from those countries.
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