Definition of prohibitive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prəˈhɪbətɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈhɪbətɪv//
    , also NAmE//proʊˈhɪbətɪv//
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  1. 1(of a price or a cost) so high that it prevents people from buying something or doing something synonym exorbitant prohibitive costs a prohibitive tax on imported cars The price of property in the city is prohibitive.
  2. 2preventing people from doing something by law prohibitive legislation
  3. 3(North American English) (of a person taking part in an election or a competition) extremely likely to win Miami began the day a prohibitive Super Bowl favorite.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in sense (2)): from French prohibitif, -ive or Latin prohibitivus, from prohibit- ‘kept in check’, from the verb prohibere, from pro- ‘in front’ + habere ‘to hold’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: prohibitive