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[fer-bid-n, fawr-]
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  1. a past participle of forbid.
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  1. not allowed; prohibited: a forbidden food in his religion.
  2. Physics. involving a change in quantum numbers that is not permitted by the selection rules: forbidden transition.
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Related formsfor·bid·den·ly, adverbfor·bid·den·ness, nounpre·for·bid·den, adjectiveself-for·bid·den, adjectiveun·for·bid·den, adjective
Can be confusedforbade forbid forbidden forebode (see synonym study at forbid)
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Examples from the Web for unforbidden

Historical Examples

  • His lyre was set among the stars; and he himself went down to join Eurydice, unforbidden.

    Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew

    Josephine Preston Peabody

  • Now press my lips, unforbidden, upon that exquisite mouth, and believe it warm.

    In the Days of My Youth

    Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards

  • Little deaf Antony thought of tobacco unlimited, a silver-mounted pipe, and plenty of unforbidden rum.

    Tropic Days

    E. J. Banfield

  • For the rest, the 'unforbidden country' lies within these four walls.

  • He stretched himself beside her and love stirred in her heart, unforbidden, as in a happy dream.

    The Helpmate

    May Sinclair

British Dictionary definitions for unforbidden


  1. not permitted by order or law
  2. physics involving a change in quantum numbers that is not permitted by certain rules derived from quantum mechanics, esp rules for changes in the electrical dipole moment of the system
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It was formerly considered incorrect to talk of forbidding someone from doing something, but in modern usage either from or to can be used: he was forbidden from entering/to enter the building
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