Definition of prohibition noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌprəʊɪˈbɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌproʊəˈbɪʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable] (formal) the act of stopping something being done or used, especially by law the prohibition of smoking in public areas
  2. 2[countable] prohibition (against/on something) (formal) a law or a rule that stops something being done or used a prohibition against selling alcohol to people under the age of 18 prohibitions on the possession of dangerous weapons
  3. 3Prohibition [uncountable] (in the US) the period of time from 1920 to 1933 when it was illegal to make and sell alcoholic drinks Culture Prohibition in the US was not popular, and it was too expensive to make sure that the law was obeyed. It also produced criminals like Al Capone who made and sold alcohol. A few states kept prohibition laws for several years, and some counties in certain states still have them.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, from Latin prohibitio(n-), from prohibere ‘keep in check’, from pro- ‘in front’ + habere ‘to hold’.Extra examples Companies are under strict prohibitions about divulging confidential information. The prohibition order meant that the book could not be sold in this country. a Prohibition-era speakeasy a treaty for the prohibition of nuclear tests prohibition against sales to under-16s of cigarettes the prohibition imposed on the sale of arms The RSPB has called for the prohibition of all imports of wild birds. The village was quiet because of the strict prohibition against work on the Sabbath. They imposed an absolute prohibition on trade unions.
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