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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PROHIBI'TION, n. [L. prohibitio.]
1. The act of forbidding or interdicting; a declaration to hinder some action; interdict.
The law of God in the ten commandments consists mostly of prohibitions; "thou shalt not do such a thing."
2. In law, a writ of prohibition, is a writ issuing from a superior tribunal, directed to the judges of an inferior court, commanding them to cease from the prosecution of a suit. By ellipsis, prohibition is used for the writ itself.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a law forbidding the sale of alcoholic beverages; "in 1920 the 18th amendment to the Constitution established prohibition in the US"
2: a decree that prohibits something [syn: prohibition, ban, proscription]
3: the period from 1920 to 1933 when the sale of alcoholic beverages was prohibited in the United States by a constitutional amendment [syn: prohibition, prohibition era]
4: refusal to approve or assent to
5: 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" [syn: prohibition, inhibition, forbiddance]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 14th century 1. the act of prohibiting by authority 2. an order to restrain or stop 3. often capitalized the forbidding by law of the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic liquors except for medicinal and sacramental purposes

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 the act or an instance of forbidding; a state of being forbidden. 2 Law a an edict or order that forbids. b a writ from a superior court forbidding an inferior court from proceeding in a suit deemed to be beyond its cognizance. 3 (usu. Prohibition) the prevention by law of the manufacture and sale of alcohol, esp. in the US (1920-33). Derivatives: prohibitionary adj. prohibitionist n. Etymology: ME f. OF prohibition or L prohibitio (as PROHIBIT)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Prohibition Pro`hi*bi"tion, n. [L. prohibitio: cf. F. prohibition.] 1. The act of prohibiting; a declaration or injunction forbidding some action; interdict. The law of God, in the ten commandments, consists mostly of prohibitions. --Tillotson. 2. Specifically, the forbidding by law of the sale of alcoholic liquors as beverages. Writ of prohibition (Law), a writ issued by a superior tribunal, directed to an inferior court, commanding the latter to cease from the prosecution of a suit depending before it. --Blackstone. Note: By ellipsis, prohibition is used for the writ itself.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(prohibitions) A prohibition is a law or rule forbidding something. ...a prohibition on discrimination. ...prohibitions against feeding birds at the airport. N-COUNT see also prohibit

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

In the United States, Prohibition was the law that prevented the manufacture, sale, and transporting of alcoholic drinks between 1919 and 1933. Prohibition also refers to the period when this law existed.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Interdiction, interdict, inhibition, disallowance, embargo, ban.

Moby Thesaurus

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