prohibition Definition

  • 1the action of forbidding something, especially by law
  • 2a law or regulation that forbids something

Using prohibition: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "prohibition" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The prohibition of alcohol in the United States lasted from 1920 to 1933.

  • Example

    There is a prohibition on smoking in public places.

  • Example

    The company has a strict prohibition on disclosing confidential information.

  • Example

    The new law imposes a prohibition on the sale of ivory.

prohibition Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using prohibition

  • to do something that is forbidden by law or regulation


    He went against the prohibition and smuggled alcohol into the country.

  • to end a ban or restriction on something


    The government decided to lift the prohibition on gambling.

  • to forbid or ban something


    The city council put a prohibition on the use of plastic bags.

Phrases with prohibition

  • the period from 1920 to 1933 when the sale, production, and transportation of alcohol were illegal in the United States


    Many speakeasies operated during the prohibition era.

  • a person who advocates or supports the prohibition of something, especially the sale and consumption of alcohol


    She was a well-known prohibitionist who campaigned for the ban on alcohol.

  • an official order that prohibits someone from doing something


    The court issued a prohibition order preventing him from contacting his ex-wife.

Origins of prohibition

from Latin 'prohibitio', meaning 'a forbidding' or 'hindrance'


Summary: prohibition in Brief

The term 'prohibition' [ˌprəʊhɪˈbɪʃ(ə)n] refers to the act of forbidding something, usually through laws or regulations. It can be applied to various contexts, such as the prohibition of alcohol in the US from 1920 to 1933, or the prohibition on smoking in public places. Phrases like 'prohibition era' and 'prohibitionist' are also common. The idioms 'go against the prohibition,' 'lift the prohibition,' and 'put a prohibition on something' are used to describe actions related to the lifting or imposition of prohibitions.

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