verb (prohibits, prohibiting, prohibited)[with object]
- 1Formally forbid (something) by law, rule, or other authority: laws prohibiting cruelty to animalsMore example sentences
- There, for example, the Court held that drug laws can prohibit the use of the narcotic peyote in a religious ceremony.
- Polygynous marriages were not prohibited by colonial law.
- Only business communications are covered unless the policy specifically prohibits private use of e-mail and the internet.
- 1.1 (prohibit someone/something from doing something) Formally forbid a person or group from doing something: he is prohibited from being a directorMore example sentences
- As a public university, we are prohibited from spending state funds on partisan political activity or direct political advocacy.
- He was immediately prohibited from engaging in strenuous activity.
- He is prohibited from operating firearms for 10 years and must get counselling at the discretion of his probation officer.
- 1.2(Of a fact or situation) prevent (something); make impossible: the budget agreement had prohibited any tax cutsMore example sentences
- Nurses may be presented with exceptional or life-threatening situations prohibiting the use of assistive patient handling equipment.
- The efficiency audit said there were too many vested local interests on health boards, which prevent change and prohibit the delivery of a value-for-money service.
- A low fluid level switch is provided to prohibit operation and prevent potential burnout if solution falls below a pre-set level.
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- They might not bring in totally restrictive and prohibitory provisions because they know the Minister will not approve them anyway.
- Without strong prohibitory measures, this diabolic spirit disseminated by television channels cannot be done away with.
- Nearly 206 years ago, the British regime issued the first prohibitory orders against shooting birds.
late Middle English: from Latin prohibit- 'kept in check', from the verb prohibere, from pro- 'in front' + habere 'to hold'.