- 1Forbid, especially by law: strikes remained proscribed in the armed forcesMore example sentences
- We have not ruled out proscribing this organisation.
- The rule of law proscribes ex post facto legislation.
- Current rules proscribe relationships between soldiers of different rank, or soldiers and officers.
- 1.1Denounce or condemn: certain customary practices which the Catholic Church proscribed, such as polygynyMore example sentences
- They were proscribed following an attack on one of Buddhism's most hallowed places of worship.
- While its advocates are careful to point out that they are not proscribing reasoned criticism of specific policies, their arguments tend, in practice, to serve as a warning to those who make them.
- International criminal law is a body of international rules designed both to proscribe international crimes and to impose upon States the obligation to prosecute and punish at least some of those crimes.
- 1.2 • historical Outlaw (someone): a plaque on which were the names of proscribed traitorsMore example sentences
- If we were proscribed we would go underground, and anything that's underground surfaces.
- And, as both of them are deeply committed to their religious beliefs, when I was virtually proscribed for my decision by the church leadership they felt it necessary to follow suit.
- But this project went unrealized, and after Caesar's assassination he was proscribed by Mark Antony: his library at Casinum was plundered, but he escaped to live the rest of his life in scholarly retirement.
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- I think it's very regrettable that we should become so proscriptive as to do away with a tradition such as this.
- The fundamental reason for this is not because insurance executives were stupid, but because they manage their investments in a thicket of proscriptive regulation.
- ‘It is important not to be proscriptive,’ he said.
late Middle English (in the sense 'to outlaw'): from Latin proscribere, from pro- 'in front of' + scribere 'write'.
Proscribe does not have the same meaning as prescribe: see prescribe (usage).