verb (used with object)
  1. to forbid (an action, activity, etc.) by authority or law: Smoking is prohibited here.
  2. to forbid the action of (a person).
  3. to prevent; hinder.

Origin of prohibit

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin prohibitus past participle of prohibēre to hold before, hold back, hinder, forbid, equivalent to pro- pro-1 + -hibēre, combining form of habēre to have, hold; see habit1
Related formspro·hib·it·er, pro·hib·i·tor, nounun·pro·hib·it·ed, adjective

Synonyms for prohibit

1. interdict. See forbid. 3. obstruct.

Antonyms for prohibit

1. permit. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for prohibitor


verb (tr)
  1. to forbid by law or other authority
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for prohibitor



early 15c., from Latin prohibitus, past participle of prohibere "to hold back, restrain" (see prohibition). Related: Prohibited; prohibiting.

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