• WordNet 3.6
    • n prohibition the action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an instance thereof) "they were restrained by a prohibition in their charter","a medical inhibition of alcoholic beverages","he ignored his parents' forbiddance"
    • n prohibition a law forbidding the sale of alcoholic beverages "in 1920 the 18th amendment to the Constitution established prohibition in the US"
    • n prohibition a decree that prohibits something
    • n prohibition refusal to approve or assent to
    • n prohibition the period from 1920 to 1933 when the sale of alcoholic beverages was prohibited in the United States by a constitutional amendment
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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.
    • Prohibition Specifically, the forbidding by law of the sale of alcoholic liquors as beverages.
    • Prohibition The act of prohibiting; a declaration or injunction forbidding some action; interdict. "The law of God, in the ten commandments, consists mostly of prohibitions ."
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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.
    • n prohibition The act of prohibiting, forbidding, or interdicting; an edict or a decree to forbid or debar.
    • n prohibition In a restricted sense, the interdiction by law of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic drinks, except for medicinal or sacramental uses.
    • n prohibition In Scots law, a technical clause in a deed of entail prohibiting the heir from selling the estate, contracting debt, altering the order of succession, etc. Synonyms Interdiction, inhibition, embargo. See prohibit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The state law of Pennsylvania prohibits singing in the bathtub.
    • Prohibition the act of prohibiting, forbidding, or interdicting: an interdict: the forbidding by law of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic drinks
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  • W. C. Fields
    “Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.”
  • Thomas L. Masson
    Thomas L. Masson
    “Prohibition may be a disputed theory, but none can say that it doesn't hold water.”
  • Will Rogers
    “Communism is like prohibition, it is a good idea, but it won't work.”
  • 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. prohibitio,: cf. F. prohibition,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. prohibēre, prohibitumpro, before, habēre, to have.


In literature:

Did the Senator from Iowa, then, entertain the idea that the Missouri prohibition had been superseded?
"American Eloquence, Volume III. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1897)" by Various
May Congress prohibit slavery in the Territories?
"American Eloquence, Volume IV. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1897)" by Various
Yet not for an instant did they doubt the power of Congress to prohibit slavery in the Territories.
"Stephen A. Douglas" by Allen Johnson
So the Government prohibited all firms from buying food abroad.
"Germany, The Next Republic?" by Carl W. Ackerman
When England prohibited importation of manufactures from France, the import trade continued none the less, under the form of smuggling.
"The Unpopular Review, Volume II Number 3" by Various
The result is precisely similar when a nation isolates itself by the prohibitive system.
"What Is Free Trade?" by Frédérick Bastiat
The censorship having been thus established, the next step was to form a list of books prohibited by the Inquisitors appointed for that purpose.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
He came to England in spite of the prohibition of the Holy Roman Church, and he remained there regardless of its anathema.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
I have lately been informed that this practice is not unknown in England, but has been prohibited.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
All work, all trading, all amusement, and all worldly conversation were absolutely prohibited during those hours.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard

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:

Attorney General Martha Coakley's office is recommending that the town of Middleborough change or repeal a bylaw prohibiting public profanity.
Hopefully, it is not cost prohibitive to do so.
Bill would prohibit use of kids', teens' personal info for third-party targeted marketing.
The Coos Bay Planning Commission is recommending to City Council that wind turbines be prohibited in the city at this time.
Aside from the American family, the one big loser in the prohibition of cannabis has been the truth.
Joshua Bradley spent a week in jail and faces charges of assault, reckless endangerment and prohibited use of a weapon for the shooting last year.
Metro has waived the prohibition on drinking water on the trains, and a heat advisory is in place until tomorrow night.
Ohio 1st District Sen Lynn Wachtmann (seated) listens to Fulkerson tell a small audience that such signs will be placed in buildings where concealed firearms are prohibited by the new law or where they are unwelcome by property owners.
The owner of Parx Casino in Bensalem has been fined $5,000 by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for doing business with a prohibited provider.
'Lawless' movie review: A vibrant, violent tale of Prohibition-era bootleggers.
We're seeing repeat of Prohibition era troubles.
Contraband Cocktails: Try Your Hand at Prohibition Era Tipples.
If celebrating the end of Prohibition seems a little dated, you might want to stop by Sweet Grass Next Door tonight and shake it up with a Sazerac or Manhattan.
Fifth story would be cost- prohibitive .
Construction costs would prohibit the addition of a fifth story to the apartment building being planned at the Shops at Worthington Place.

In science:

Because of the prohibitive computational cost of such 3d simulations, we could not reach the same statistical quality as in the 2d simulations.
Anomalous subdiffusion due to obstacles : A critical survey
As we have argued earlier, such fat references can be built on top of DSVP as a combination between a place and a normal reference, and nothing prohibits a DSVP implementation from using a distributed shared address space between nodes.
Extending and Implementing the Self-adaptive Virtual Processor for Distributed Memory Architectures
Indeed gain and spontaneous emission generate prohibitive noise. A second π-pulse can be used to simultaneously reverse the atomic phase and bring the atoms back into the ground state.
Revival of Silenced Echo and Quantum Memory for Light
The thickness of the HCAL needs to be ∼ 7.5λint. thick, and the cost of immersing such a calorimeter in the magnet coil seems prohibitive if it was made of iron.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee, April 2011
Indeed, despite significant advances, numerical simulations are computationally prohibitive and analytical methods, such as those based on Lyapunov stability theorems, offer only rather conservative estimates and are not yet sufficiently developed to be used in this context [17, 18].
Controlling Complex Networks with Compensatory Perturbations