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Definition of prohibition noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the act of stopping something from being done or used, especially by law the prohibition of smoking in public areas
  2. 2[countable] prohibition (against/on something) 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 U.S.) the period of time from 1920 to 1933 when it was illegal to make and sell alcoholic drinks
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