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.
acceptable, permitted, admissible, legitimate, lawful, proper, tolerable, bearable, approved, authorized, kosher, licit, okay, sanctioned, legit, unforbidden
- progressive vaccinia,
- progressive-resistance exercise,
- prohibition party,
Origin of prohibit
SYNONYMS 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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