verb (prohibits, prohibiting, prohibited)[with object]
- 1Formally forbid (something) by law, rule, or other authority: all ivory trafficking between nations is prohibitedMore example sentences
forbid, ban, bar, interdict, veto, proscribe, make illegal, place an embargo on, embargo, disallow, outlaw; taboo; Law enjoin, restrainforbidden, banned, not allowed, not permitted, illegal, illicit, against the law, barred, vetoed, proscribed, embargoed, disallowed, outlawed, contraband; taboo; Latin non licet; German verboten; Islam haram; New Zealand tapu• informal no go
- 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.
- 1.1Formally forbid someone from doing something: he is prohibited from becoming 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) make (something) impossible; prevent: 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'.