from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To forbid by authority: Smoking is prohibited in most theaters. See Synonyms at forbid.
  • transitive v. To prevent; preclude: Modesty prohibits me from saying what happened.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To forbid, disallow, or proscribe; to make illegal or illicit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To forbid by authority; to interdict; ; we prohibit a person from doing a thing, and also the doing of the thing.
  • transitive v. To hinder; to debar; to prevent; to preclude.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To forbid; interdict by authority: as, to prohibit a person from doing a thing; to prohibit the doing of a thing.
  • To hinder; debar; prevent; preclude.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. command against


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English prohibiten, from Latin prohibēre, prohibit- : pro-, in front; see pro-1 + habēre, to hold; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.


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