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
This is especially true in environments where added bulk may be prohibitive, including during commuting of any type.
Senior citizens, people with reduced mobility, those who live far away from their voting place, and anyone who tried to vote early but couldn’t due to complicated or prohibitive absentee ballot procedures often need to catch a ride to vote.Five ways to help democracy even if you can’t vote | Sandra Gutierrez G. | October 21, 2020 | Popular-Science
Ostensibly that’s because the cost of shooting on Venice Beach was prohibitive, but based on this episode and the 30 seconds of the show you can find on YouTube, the more likely reason is that it was a terrible show.
When they debuted in 1969, PlayCubes were made of fiberglass, which became cost-prohibitive.
“You consider advertising increasing in costs, you consider logistics increasing in costs, and you have a situation where growth in e-commerce for smaller companies becomes a lot more prohibitive,” he said.A domino effect: How USPS delays may hurt e-commerce startups | Anna Hensel | August 14, 2020 | Digiday
Many government entities have done their best to make smoking prohibitively expensive.
These fees are “prohibitively expensive, particularly for larger families,” says a statement Human Rights Watch on the issue.
But he said the price of operating the system was prohibitively high.Israel’s Iron Dome: The Ultimate Missile Destroyer | Dan Ephron | November 18, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
But this year's budget for NASA will not fund such a program, which the administration deemed prohibitively expensive.
Licenses were made prohibitively high; labor agents were arrested and heavily fined.Negro Migration during the War | Emmett J. Scott
The removal of the asteroids as a cheap source would mean that iron would become prohibitively expensive.Thin Edge | Gordon Randall Garrett
Group D, after the first raking, shows a prohibitively low and constantly decreasing capacity.
The method of editorial expression in the magazines of 1889 was also distinctly vague and prohibitively impersonal.The Americanization of Edward Bok | Edward William Bok
In his opinion that settled upon for the bridal suite was almost prohibitively high.A Court of Inquiry | Grace S. Richmond
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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