• WordNet 3.6
    • v prohibit command against "I forbid you to call me late at night","Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store","Dad nixed our plans"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Idaho walking along the street with a red-tipped cane is strictly prohibited.
    • Prohibit To forbid by authority; to interdict; as, God prohibited Adam from eating of the fruit of a certain tree; we prohibit a person from doing a thing, and also the doing of the thing; as, the law prohibits men from stealing, or it prohibits stealing.
    • Prohibit To hinder; to debar; to prevent; to preclude. "Gates of burning adamant,
      Barred over us, prohibit all egress."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Springfield, door to door salesman are prohibited from selling their goods while standing in the middle of the road, screaming at passing vehicles.
    • prohibit To forbid; interdict by authority: as, to prohibit a person from doing a thing; to prohibit the doing of a thing.
    • prohibit To hinder; debar; prevent; preclude.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The state law of Pennsylvania prohibits singing in the bathtub.
    • v.t Prohibit prō-hib′it to hinder: to check or repress: to prevent: to forbid: to interdict by authority
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  • W. C. Fields
    “Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.”
  • Will Rogers
    “Communism is like prohibition, it is a good idea, but it won't work.”
  • Italo Calvino
    “The unconscious is the ocean of the unsayable, of what has been expelled from the land of language, removed as a result of ancient prohibitions.”
  • William F. Buckley
    William F. Buckley
    “Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality the cost becomes prohibitive.”
  • Bernard Joseph Saurin
    Bernard Joseph Saurin
    “The law often permits what honor prohibits.”
  • Jello Biafra
    Jello Biafra
    “For every prohibition you create you also create an underground.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. prohibitus, p. p. of prohibere, to prohibit; pro, before, forth + habere, to have, hold. See Habit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. prohibēre, prohibitumpro, before, habēre, to have.


In literature:

Purists, disgusted with the personalities of the campaign, swelled the Prohibition vote to 150,000.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
The scholarly William Ellery Channing could find no prohibition of polygamy in the New Testament.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
Schoharie County, 204 men and women for constitutional amendment prohibiting sale of intoxicating liquors.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
The political reason of this prohibition is apparent.
"The Relations of the Federal Government to Slavery" by Joseph Ketchum Edgerton
Prohibit the former, and the latter is the existence of the body after the spirit has departed.
"The Spirit of American Government" by J. Allen Smith
For instance, the first is a prohibition of the slaughter of animals for food or sacrifice.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
The colonies were prohibited from manufacturing for themselves.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
The Government prohibited his statement, and all Florence read it.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
But if there religion prohibits them, with us public opinion and convention render them very rare.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
The signs of ante-prohibition days, blistered and faded, were still in place.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn

In poetry:

Z was a zealous old Zibet,
Toboggans he tried to prohibit.
If any one tried
To take a sly slide,
He ordered him hanged on a gibbet.
"An Alphabet Zoo" by Carolyn Wells
She may dream of some horrible brute,
Of some genii, or fairy-built spot;
Or perhaps the prohibited fruit,
Or perhaps of—I cannot tell what.
"To A Fly: On The Bosom of Chloe, While Sleeping" by Thomas Gent
"The Fourth prohibits trespassing
Where other Ghosts are quartered:
And those convicted of the thing
(Unless when pardoned by the King)
Must instantly be slaughtered.
"Phantasmagoria Canto II ( Hys Fyve Rules )" by Lewis Carroll
Fellow men! why should the lords try to despise
And prohibit women from having the benefit of the parliamentary Franchise?
When they pay the same taxes as you and me,
I consider they ought to have the same liberty.
"Women's Suffrage" by William Topaz McGonagall
Did we prohibit swillin’ tea clean out of common-sense
Or legislate on gossipin’ across a backyard fence?
Did we prohibit bustles—or the hoops when they was here?
The wimin never think of this—they want to stop our beer.
"Here's Luck" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Beer-maker growth rate fastest since Prohibition.
Bing said city laws already prohibit sexual harassment of any kind, but his executive order goes - 4:31 pm.
Prohibition gains ground in Europe, even as US legalization fight continues.
Prohibition-era Lawless soars with powerful storytelling, masterful acting.
There is no state law prohibiting balance billing by insurers other than HMOs .
However, contracts between such insurers and participating providers may prohibit balance billing.
Bills to prohibit communities from requiring home sprinklers proving controversial.
The Park City Police Department last week received at least two complaints that vehicles were left idling , something that is prohibited in the city under most circumstances.
Jon Harris is offering a special menu to celebrate Prohibition's end.
Court deletes sentences that could inadvertently prohibit adoption option.
SADD wants smoking prohibited on school property-inside & out.
Prohibits retaliation against employees for reporting waste, fraud, abuse.
Ranges exempted from quarter-mile shooting prohibition.
You could be seeing changes on some highly traveled Bryan streets because the city is looking at allowing businesses to place business advertising signs in areas that are currently prohibited.
Prohibition vs Regulation Debated As US Bettors Use Foreign Sites.

In science:

Unfortunately, these transformations appear to prohibit the construction of nontrivial invariant action functionals.
Point particle in general background fields and generalized equivalence principle
The general equivalence transformations appear to prohibit the construction of invariant actions with space-time-derivatives.
Point particle in general background fields and generalized equivalence principle
The genus truncation directly prohibits terms in the scattering that diverge as Nc becomes large at finite dual coupling .
On the finiteness of N=8 quantum supergravity
As in the ca se of the closed-cell Voronoi tessellation, the difficulty of resolving the very thin cell walls prohibit s lower densities from being studied at present.
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids
Self-connections and multiple connections are prohibited.
Complex structures in generalized small worlds