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prohibitive

[proh-hib-i-tiv]
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adjective
  1. serving or tending to prohibit or forbid something.
  2. sufficing to prevent the use, purchase, etc., of something: prohibitive prices.
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Origin of prohibitive

From the Medieval Latin word prohibitīvus, dating back to 1595–1605. See prohibit, -ive
Related formspro·hib·i·tive·ly, adverbpro·hib·i·tive·ness, nounnon·pro·hib·i·tive, adjectivenon·pro·hib·i·tive·ly, adverbun·pro·hib·i·tive, adjectiveun·pro·hib·i·tive·ly, adverb
Can be confusedprohibitive prohibitory
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Examples from the Web for prohibitive

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Historical Examples

  • Sulkily Papa argued that the cost in any case was prohibitive.

    The Innocent Adventuress

    Mary Hastings Bradley

  • I've been ashamed ever since, too, that I allowed it to be prohibitive.

  • Prohibitive physical defects are also discovered in this connection.

    Sex

    Henry Stanton

  • What she wished was to dangle it before my eyes and put a prohibitive price on it.

  • It may also be used with vegetables when the price of butter is prohibitive.


British Dictionary definitions for prohibitive

prohibitive

less commonly prohibitory (prəˈhɪbɪtərɪ, -trɪ)

adjective
  1. prohibiting or tending to prohibit
  2. (esp of prices) tending or designed to discourage sale or purchase
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Derived Formsprohibitively, adverbprohibitiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for prohibitive

adj.

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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