Definition of interdiction in US English:



North American
  • 1The action of prohibiting or forbidding something.

    ‘the interdiction of the slave trade’
    • ‘Many of these interdictions are still observed today.’
    • ‘The interdiction against metal nails was unknown to him.’
    • ‘Thanks to some fancy political lobbying by the grape-growers, wine was exempted from the general interdiction against alcohol.’
    • ‘These data of contemporary history may appear to have little to do with the interdiction of music.’
    • ‘He voiced opposition to the monuments because they violate the interdiction against representational images.’
    • ‘Towards the end of Henry VIII's reign, there were interdictions on the use of the Bible.’
    • ‘In the ecclesiastical model of marriage, the interdiction against concubinage is clear.’
    • ‘There is no scriptural authority for their interdiction on music.’
    • ‘They were absent from Masonic lodges primarily because of a papal interdiction against Masonic membership.’
    • ‘Officers and ex-officers working in financial intelligence have complained that interdiction of money laundering has been about style rather than substance.’
  • 2The action of intercepting and preventing the movement of a prohibited commodity or person.

    ‘the interdiction of arms shipments’
    as modifier ‘drug interdiction operations’
    • ‘Similar interdiction measures are in place at the airport in Montego Bay.’
    • ‘These researchers compared three supply control programs: source-country control, interdiction at the border, and domestic enforcement.’
    • ‘The interdiction of trade across the Mississippi created a serious shortage of meat for Southern troops throughout the war.’
    • ‘Since we were incapable of stopping these labs, our government basically drove the production to a country with far worse drug interdiction resources than ours.’
    • ‘Looming downstage is the Seneca, carrying a full cargo of lore, from search-and-rescue adventures to drug and migrant interdictions.’
    • ‘Despite the odd police haul like the cocaine one the other day, interdiction at our borders or on the streets is at best slowing the rate of rise.’
    • ‘Traditional missions such as narcotics interdiction and identification of fraudulent immigration documentation have been adversely affected.’
    • ‘The mundane chore of security by interdiction is morphing into the more difficult task of security by imagination.’
    • ‘The government has made it policy to increase the interdiction of people entering into Canada and to decrease the time and money spent on bringing refugees into the country.’
    • ‘The high stakes make the case for profiling stronger here than in routine drug interdiction stops on highways.’
    1. 2.1Military The action of impeding an enemy force, especially by bombing lines of communication or supply.
      ‘battlefield air interdiction’
      ‘air, ground, and naval interdictions’
      • ‘For close air support and interdiction, the aircraft is typically equipped with iron bombs, cluster bombs, and laser-guided bombs.’
      • ‘Motor transport is also relatively vulnerable to the effects of weather and enemy interdiction.’
      • ‘These missions fell under the rubric of an interdiction campaign that lasted from November 1968 to April 1972.’
      • ‘In secret camps on every continent, they are undergoing rigorous training on all aspects of armed conflict interdiction.’
      • ‘The bombers and the interdiction campaign were the focus of the air effort, with the fighters as a supporting force.’
      • ‘During the campaign, they attacked airfields and interdiction targets.’
      • ‘The RAF carried out virtually every role fulfilled by modern aircraft: ground attack, artillery spotting, interdiction of enemy lines of communication, strategic bombing.’
      • ‘In the Atlantic, it was primarily a convoy interdiction weapon and was used effectively against merchant vessels.’
      • ‘Heavily armed special interdiction forces show up at different locations with no obvious pattern.’
      • ‘He initiated the series of interdiction missions flown along the infiltration routes developing in the panhandle.’