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

    • ‘Enforcing Prohibition was so onerous we had to repeal the very constitutional amendment the zealots encouraged us to pass.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Exchange controls resemble U.S. Prohibition during the 1920s.’
    • ‘His sleepy hollow, in the dirt-poor Appalachian foothills, soon became more popular than a speakeasy during Prohibition.’
    • ‘As the fight for Prohibition showed, the social gospel leaders cared about whether people drank or didn't drink.’
    • ‘An English trade embargo on Irish whiskey and Prohibition here in the U.S. helped shutter most of Ireland's distilleries.’
    • ‘He is currently researching business support for Prohibition.’
    • ‘Later, the islands were used as a smuggling stopover for arms in the civil war and for bootleg alcohol during Prohibition.’
    • ‘The best American piece is on how Scotch whisky still poured into the USA during Prohibition.’
    • ‘Prohibition in the 1920s created a market for cheap versions of alcoholic products, such as bathtub gin.’
    • ‘Students were amazed at the way food was served, and at the ready availability of alcohol on board, especially during Prohibition.’
    • ‘Like the first Prohibition in the 1920s, an underground industry in alcohol had sprung up, and organized crime grew more powerful.’
    • ‘Laws harking back to Prohibition require vintners to sell their wines through state-licensed distributors.’
    • ‘After Prohibition was repealed, brandy remained a relatively ordinary product although its commercial importance grew over the decades.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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/