[ proh-hib-it ]
/ proʊˈhɪb ɪt /
verb (used with object)
to forbid (an action, activity, etc.) by authority or law: Smoking is prohibited here.
to forbid the action of (a person).
to prevent; hinder.
Inhibit vs. ProhibitThough both words have similar definitions, inhibit and prohibit aren’t interchangeable. In general, someone is inhibited by internal feelings or prohibited by an external source.
Origin of prohibit
Related formspro·hib·it·er, pro·hib·i·tor, nounun·pro·hib·it·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prohibitor
/ (prəˈhɪbɪt) /
to forbid by law or other authority
to hinder or prevent
Derived Formsprohibiter or prohibitor, noun
Word Origin for prohibit
C15: from Latin prohibēre to prevent, from pro- 1 + habēre to hold
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