serving or tending to prohibit or forbid something: We will discuss some of the discriminatory, prohibitive legislation that was undone by the Civil Rights Act.
sufficing to prevent the use, purchase, etc., of something: prohibitive prices.
having so great a likelihood of success that others vying for the same thing are essentially prevented from succeeding: Political analysts are largely in agreement over who the party’s prohibitive nominee is.
- Also pro·hib·i·to·ry [proh-hib-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /proʊˈhɪb ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ .
- pro·hib·i·tive·ly, adverb
- pro·hib·i·tive·ness, noun
- non·pro·hib·i·tive, adjective
- non·pro·hib·i·tive·ly, adverb
- un·pro·hib·i·tive, adjective
- un·pro·hib·i·tive·ly, adverb
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How to use prohibitive in a sentence
Here’s one for just about any type of useIce picks are not particularly cost-prohibitive or bulky, but if versatility is your main concern, choose an all-around model that can excel at breaking down the most common ice-related tasks.Best ice pick: A versatile winter tool for camping and more | PopSci Commerce Team | February 25, 2021 | Popular-Science
Their star post player, Luka Garza, is the prohibitive favorite for both national player of the year awards.Can Iowa’s High-Flying Offense Overcome Its Porous Defense? | Jake Lourim | February 24, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
In a smaller apartment or room, the size of some bikes may be prohibitive.Best exercise bike: Get your miles in without leaving the house | PopSci Commerce Team | December 19, 2020 | Popular-Science
Most board games can keep a range of three to five players occupied, but they can often be prohibitive in larger groups and can even make others feel excluded if the game doesn’t fit the group size.
Not only is the cost of the supplies far from prohibitive, but when considered in light of the productivity protections they provide, free supplies actually benefit bottom lines.Why business must help end ‘period poverty’ for women in America | jakemeth | December 10, 2020 | Fortune
Early polling shows her with a commanding—if not outright prohibitive—lead among Democratic voters.
That broad offense aside, the fact is that for many women these costs are prohibitive.
The cost of support and health care and insurance without SSI or Medicaid is prohibitive even for very wealthy families.
Every time the government raises environmental standards, industry leaders whine that the cost will be prohibitive.The Chicken Littles Are Wrong: Environmental Regulations Always Spur Innovation | Daniel Gross | June 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The prices can be prohibitive, with houses selling for between $15 million and $20 million.
Prospective lessees who had taken the trouble to inquire about the rental had learned that it was so high as to be prohibitive.Dope | Sax Rohmer
The curate admired the fingers, and observed with satisfaction that they were undecorated by a prohibitive ring.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume II (of 3) | Charles James Wills
He wanted to sell outright to me, but his price was prohibitive and he wouldn't ease up on it a bit, so there was nothing doing.In the Onyx Lobby | Carolyn Wells
This weapon is prohibitive on account of its recoil, and few, if any, sportsmen now care to carry one.In Africa | John T. McCutcheon
Little could be procured from abroad, and in the case of a visiting ship, the captain's price was cruelly prohibitive.William Bradford of Plymouth | Albert Hale Plumb
British Dictionary definitions for prohibitive
prohibiting or tending to prohibit
(esp of prices) tending or designed to discourage sale or purchase
- prohibitively, adverb
- prohibitiveness, noun
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