- to forbid (an action, activity, etc.) by authority or law: Smoking is prohibited here.
- to forbid the action of (a person).
- to prevent; hinder.
Origin of prohibit
Synonyms for prohibit
Antonyms for prohibit
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- to forbid by law or other authority
- to hinder or prevent
Word Origin for prohibit
C15: from Latin prohibēre to prevent, from pro- 1 + habēre to hold
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
early 15c., from Latin prohibitus, past participle of prohibere "to hold back, restrain" (see prohibition). Related: Prohibited; prohibiting.
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