Definition of prohibition in English:

prohibition

noun

mass noun
  • 1The action of forbidding something, especially by law.

    ‘they argue that prohibition of drugs will always fail’
    • ‘The caller suggests that there is full prohibition of guns in France, but the rate of crime in France has increased significantly recently.’
    • ‘Canadians have lost our sense of what is right and wrong over drug prohibition.’
    • ‘I'd like to promote elimination of drug prohibition.’
    • ‘Harm reduction interventions have the potential to reduce the perils of both drug use and drug prohibition.’
    • ‘The blanket prohibition of drugs, I think, is wrong.’
    • ‘Any action carrying a risk of major disaster must be prohibited, regardless of the costs of prohibition.’
    • ‘Beyond the substantial fiscal costs of enforcing the prohibition of cannabis, the social costs of such policies are considerable.’
    • ‘The criminalization of responsible drug users is only one of the many pointless aspects of drug prohibition.’
    • ‘They do not even tell us whether the costs of drug use are lower than they would be without prohibition.’
    • ‘Ultimately, however, we do not believe that these arguments are sufficient reason to weaken society's prohibition of intentional killing.’
    • ‘The strongest argument against prohibition is that it does not stop people from using drugs.’
    • ‘The one on drug prohibition was also very important to me.’
    • ‘Thus, prohibition would be argued for on religious as well as on alleged scientific or medicinal grounds.’
    • ‘It's one more example of drug prohibition doing more harm than good.’
    • ‘Very few people in this country now believe that drug prohibition can work.’
    • ‘Even if surrogacy did breach some attractive moral principle, this would not automatically justify legislative prohibition.’
    • ‘Turvey has long argued against drug prohibition, yet he increasingly applauds and encourages enforcement measures.’
    • ‘Marijuana may be relatively harmless, but marijuana prohibition is deadly.’
    • ‘The international prohibition of drugs is their lifeblood, and a guarantee of on-going civil war.’
    banning, forbidding, prohibiting, barring, debarment, vetoing, proscription, disallowing, disallowance, interdiction, outlawing, making illegal
    ban, bar, interdict, veto, embargo, injunction, proscription, boycott, moratorium
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    1. 1.1count noun A law or regulation forbidding something.
      ‘prohibitions on insider dealing’
      • ‘There are eight classes of injunctions and prohibitions which apply to all deeds and actions of mankind.’
      • ‘I am not satisfied that they contravened the specific prohibition.’
      • ‘Parliament has partly lifted the prohibition on imports and exports of cash via post deliveries.’
      • ‘When it comes to local news, we will continue with our general prohibition on the use of anonymous sources.’
      • ‘While some activities are prohibited, sanctuaries do not impose a total prohibition on human use.’
      • ‘International law establishes an absolute prohibition against torture.’
      • ‘Disclosure would contravene a prohibition imposed by or under any enactment.’
      • ‘That was said in the face of a statutory prohibition on commenting on the fact that the accused did not give sworn evidence.’
      • ‘In the absence of statutory criminal prohibitions, the transactions involved in the scheme and the scheme itself are lawful.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As Epstein notes, making no exception to a general prohibition on the use of force is not an option.’
      • ‘In theory, the constitutional prohibition could be interpreted as applying only to the future.’
      • ‘When courts extend constitutional prohibitions beyond their previously recognized limit, they may restrict democratic choices made by public bodies.’
      • ‘Again, the Court noted that the injunctions did not constitute a blanket prohibition.’
      • ‘Pipes says catching sleepers has been hampered by regulations, immigration law, and prohibitions on ethnic profiling.’
      • ‘The actual wording of the clause imposes a blanket prohibition on working for another firm of financial analysts.’
      • ‘Similarly, many prohibitions of the criminal law are morally neutral.’
      • ‘The prohibition on ‘common law’ crimes is a good thing even though injustice can result.’
      • ‘No government would contend that these prohibitions apply only to parties to the treaties that outlaw them.’
      • ‘The legal prohibition on discrimination initially only applied to government actions.’
    2. 1.2English Law count noun A writ from a superior court forbidding an inferior court from proceeding in a suit deemed to be beyond its cognizance.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I am just suggesting that there was minor error in the way that I have worded it, because I have never made out a writ of certiorari and prohibition.’
      • ‘The old judicial review remedies of certiorari, mandamus and prohibition were never applied to charitable trusts as such.’
      • ‘We seem to be left with an application for - well, it is described as an application for writs of prohibition, mandamus and a declaration.’
  • 2The prevention by law of the manufacture and sale of alcohol, especially in the US between 1920 and 1933.

    • ‘Like the first Prohibition in the 1920s, an underground industry in alcohol had sprung up, and organized crime grew more powerful.’
    • ‘As the fight for Prohibition showed, the social gospel leaders cared about whether people drank or didn't drink.’
    • ‘Enforcing Prohibition was so onerous we had to repeal the very constitutional amendment the zealots encouraged us to pass.’
    • ‘After Prohibition was repealed, brandy remained a relatively ordinary product although its commercial importance grew over the decades.’
    • ‘It is akin to the banning of alcohol in the U.S.A. during the time of Prohibition, and is totally unenforceable.’
    • ‘Politicians who argued to overturn Prohibition in the United States used this argument.’
    • ‘Prohibition in the 1920s created a market for cheap versions of alcoholic products, such as bathtub gin.’
    • ‘An English trade embargo on Irish whiskey and Prohibition here in the U.S. helped shutter most of Ireland's distilleries.’
    • ‘The demand for illicit drugs is as strong as the nation's thirst for bootleg booze during Prohibition.’
    • ‘The cases date back to the 1920s, when Prohibition created an illicit trade in alcohol.’
    • ‘Students were amazed at the way food was served, and at the ready availability of alcohol on board, especially during Prohibition.’
    • ‘He is currently researching business support for Prohibition.’
    • ‘Exchange controls resemble U.S. Prohibition during the 1920s.’
    • ‘Laws harking back to Prohibition require vintners to sell their wines through state-licensed distributors.’
    • ‘The best American piece is on how Scotch whisky still poured into the USA during Prohibition.’
    • ‘How much weight did he give to the corruption and violent crime induced by Prohibition?’
    • ‘Made up largely of family-owned vineyards at the onset of Prohibition, the industry got clobbered by the new legislation.’
    • ‘Later, the islands were used as a smuggling stopover for arms in the civil war and for bootleg alcohol during Prohibition.’
    • ‘His sleepy hollow, in the dirt-poor Appalachian foothills, soon became more popular than a speakeasy during Prohibition.’
    • ‘The legacies of Prohibition were an increased level of alcohol consumption and flourishing organised crime.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin prohibitio(n-), from prohibere ‘keep in check’ (see prohibit).

Pronunciation

prohibition

/ˌprəʊhɪˈbɪʃ(ə)n//prəʊɪˈbɪʃ(ə)n/