- 1The action of forbidding something, especially by law: they argue that prohibition of drugs will always failMore example sentences
- Turvey has long argued against drug prohibition, yet he increasingly applauds and encourages enforcement measures.
- I'd like to promote elimination of drug prohibition.
- The one on drug prohibition was also very important to me.
- 1.1 [count noun] A law or regulation forbidding something: prohibitions on insider dealingMore example sentences
- The prohibition on retroactive penal legislation is linked to the right to a fair trial, as it is irrevocably an example of an unfair trial.
- The prohibition on ‘common law’ crimes is a good thing even though injustice can result.
- Similarly, many prohibitions of the criminal law are morally neutral.
- 1.2 [count noun] English Law A writ from a superior court forbidding an inferior court from proceeding in a suit deemed to be beyond its cognizance.More example sentences
- The Court may direct the issue of such process as may be necessary for doing complete justice in any matter including writs of prohibition, certiorari and mandamus.
- The new proceeding seeks a writ of prohibition and of certiorari.
- We seem to be left with an application for - well, it is described as an application for writs of prohibition, mandamus and a declaration.
- 2 (Prohibition) The prevention by law of the manufacture and sale of alcohol, especially in the US between 1920 and 1933.More example sentences
- Later, the islands were used as a smuggling stopover for arms in the civil war and for bootleg alcohol during Prohibition.
- The cases date back to the 1920s, when Prohibition created an illicit trade in alcohol.
- Made up largely of family-owned vineyards at the onset of Prohibition, the industry got clobbered by the new legislation.
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- As the moral panic unfolds, more and more cultural forms transgress or come up against the symbolic boundary that such prohibitionary legislation seeks to impose.
- Throughout the province there was a real threat that the federal government would pass a prohibitionary law.
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- ‘Mother’ was an unyielding moralist, a militant Prohibitionist, a staunch defender of the Sunday blue laws, and a devoted churchgoer opposed to the theory of evolution, to Italian opera, and to nude statues.
- Five years of Prohibition have had, at least, this one benign effect: they have completely disposed of all the favorite arguments of the Prohibitionists.
- These laws were justified by an unholy alliance of liquor wholesalers, bricks-and-mortar retailers, and Prohibitionists as being necessary to keep booze out of the hands of minors.
late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin prohibitio(n-), from prohibere 'keep in check' (see prohibit).