[ proh-hib-i-tiv ]
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  1. 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.

  2. sufficing to prevent the use, purchase, etc., of something: prohibitive prices.

  1. 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.

Origin of prohibitive

First recorded in 1400–50; from Medieval Latin prohibitīvus; see origin at prohibit, -ive
  • Also pro·hib·i·to·ry [proh-hib-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /proʊˈhɪb ɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ .

Other words from prohibitive

  • 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

Words Nearby prohibitive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use prohibitive in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for prohibitive


less commonly prohibitory (prəˈhɪbɪtərɪ, -trɪ)

/ (prəˈhɪbɪtɪv) /

  1. prohibiting or tending to prohibit

  2. (esp of prices) tending or designed to discourage sale or purchase

Derived forms of prohibitive

  • prohibitively, adverb
  • prohibitiveness, noun

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