Definition of prohibitive in English:

prohibitive

Syllabification: pro·hib·i·tive
Pronunciation: /prəˈhibitiv, prō-
 
 
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adjective

  • 1(Of a price or charge) excessively high; difficult or impossible to pay: the costs involved were prohibitive prohibitive interest rates
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    • Starks remains at the top of the team's list, but his asking price is prohibitive.
    • Despite the prohibitive price tag, there is no sign of a downturn at the top end of the property market with only 12 of the 27 houses still unsold.
    • Lack of availability of imported produce, coupled with prohibitive prices, dictate that cooks use what is available locally.
    Synonyms
    exorbitant, excessively high, sky-high, overinflated; out of the question, beyond one's means; extortionate, unreasonable
    informal steep, criminal
  • 2(Especially of a law or rule) forbidding or restricting something: prohibitive legislation
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    • Indeed, in the case of certain drugs, the argument that the harms caused are not so great and the restrictions unduly limiting on lifestyle choices have made the prohibitive laws controversial and widely ignored.
    • No company continues with its practices if bad publicity occurs, or prohibitive laws or tax regimes are enacted, or shareholders sell up, or investors say stop.
    • As late as 1971 there was a prohibitive law making the opening of supermarkets and hypermarkets dependent on the issue of three different types of licence and the approval of two distinct levels of government.
    Synonyms
    proscriptive, prohibitory, restrictive, repressive
  • 2.1(Of a condition or situation) preventing someone from doing something: a wind over force 5 is prohibitive
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    • I try to do some exercises for my back before the temperature becomes too prohibitive.
    • Beyond that, the amount of energy required becomes too prohibitive.
    • If chiropractic care were as dangerous as he would have us believe, malpractice premium costs would make practice prohibitive.

Derivatives

prohibitively

adverb
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  • New Zealand remained the only cycling superpower not to boast an indoor wooden track but Mr Aplin said that such a project was prohibitively expensive.
  • The participation of fish harvesters in collecting this data makes possible research that otherwise would be prohibitively expensive.
  • The result internationally has been a regime whose behavior and attitudes makes any kind of rational diplomacy prohibitively difficult.

prohibitiveness

noun

Origin

late Middle English (sense 2): from French prohibitif, -ive or Latin prohibitivus, from prohibit- 'kept in check', from the verb prohibere (see prohibit).

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