Origin of prohibit
synonym study for prohibit
OTHER WORDS FROM prohibitpro·hib·it·er, pro·hib·i·tor, noun
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PROHIBIT VS. INHIBIT
What’s the difference between prohibit and inhibit?
Prohibit most commonly means to forbid or disallow, but it can also mean what inhibit usually means—to prevent or hinder. Inhibit can also mean to forbid, but this use is much less common.
Prohibit is most commonly used in the context of rules, especially official ones like laws. The speed limit prohibits you from going above a certain speed. Parents might prohibit their kids from eating candy before dinner, but the word forbid is more commonly used in cases like this.
Inhibit, on the other hand, is usually used in the context of things that prevent or hinder what someone is trying to do. Speed bumps are designed to inhibit speeding. A leg injury can inhibit your ability to walk.
The meaning of prohibit and inhibit most often overlaps in cases when something is inhibited to the point of almost not being able to happen at all, as in This cast is designed to prohibit movement (prohibit could be replaced with inhibit in this sentence without much or any change in meaning).
The adjective form inhibited is often used to indicate that someone or something is held back from full potential. When it’s applied to a person, it usually involves a mental, emotional, or psychological block, as in I feel less inhibited around my new group of friends—they accept me for who I am.
The adjective prohibited describes something that’s forbidden, as in The sign lists all of the prohibited activities.
Here’s an example of prohibit and inhibit used correctly in the same sentence.
Example: To inhibit the acceleration of climate change, we must prohibit any increase in fossil fuel emissions.
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Quiz yourself on prohibit vs. inhibit!
Should prohibit or inhibit be used in the following sentence?
The school board adopted a new rule to _____ smoking anywhere on school grounds.
How to use prohibit in a sentence
There are several state laws on the books prohibiting people from violating public health orders with fines of up to $1,000.Despite Crackdown Announcement, Not Much COVID-19 Enforcement Is Happening|Jesse Marx|February 11, 2021|Voice of San Diego
On Thursday, LeBlanc also unveiled a policy that will prohibit university departments, student groups or guests from selling or giving away certain plastics, including beverage bottles and eating utensils.George Washington University commits to single-use-plastic ban|Lauren Lumpkin|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
That’s because of a US federal law known as the Passenger Vessels Service Act that prohibits foreign-registered ships from sailing between two American ports without stopping at a foreign port.The cruise industry has received yet another blow, this time from Canada|Karen Ho|February 8, 2021|Quartz
By law, the organization is prohibited from attempting to influence policy.“We Have Counties in Deep Trouble”: Oregon Lawmakers Seek to Reverse Timber Tax Cuts That Cost Communities Billions|by Rob Davis, The Oregonian/OregonLive, and Tony Schick, Oregon Public Broadcasting|February 5, 2021|ProPublica
Studios began postponing their releases or moving them to streaming services, governments limited or prohibited attendance, and consumers largely stayed home.Forget investors: AMC itself may have been bailed out by the actions of wallstreetbets|Steven Zeitchik|February 2, 2021|Washington Post
At that point, the Library of Congress can once again decide to prohibit consumers from unlocking their cell phones.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive|Ben Jacobs|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No problem—Congress is about to prohibit us from buying them.Why Does the USA Depend on Russian Rockets to Get Us Into Space?|P. J. O’Rourke|June 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His first demand was that the country's official constitution be rewritten to prohibit extradition.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens|Jeff Campagna|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And the health law might not prohibit it, opening a door to potential erosion of employer-based coverage.
And yet Louisiana does not prohibit a far stranger peccadillo: sex with corpses.Our Dumb Puritan Laws: Sex Bans and Illegal Adultery|Kevin Bleyer|April 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He should not consider himself to be called upon to prohibit only some practices clearly evinced to be sinful.The Ordinance of Covenanting|John Cunningham
The state may prohibit a telegraph company from transmitting racetrack news.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
Small wonder that the rules of the Board of Control prohibit the use of the stern blast under one thousand feet.Astounding Stories, May, 1931|Various
After having thus prepossessed our minds, they next prohibit our examining the things so important to be known.Letters To Eugenia|Paul Henri Thiry Holbach
As, in a savage state, most possessions are those which are useful in war, he would prohibit theft.Ancient Faiths And Modern|Thomas Inman