What does prohibition mean?

Definitions for prohibition
ˌproʊ əˈbɪʃ ənpro·hi·bi·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prohibition(noun)

    a law forbidding the sale of alcoholic beverages

    "in 1920 the 18th amendment to the Constitution established prohibition in the US"

  2. prohibition, ban, proscription(noun)

    a decree that prohibits something

  3. prohibition, prohibition era(noun)

    the period from 1920 to 1933 when the sale of alcoholic beverages was prohibited in the United States by a constitutional amendment

  4. prohibition(noun)

    refusal to approve or assent to

  5. prohibition, inhibition, forbiddance(noun)

    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"


  1. Prohibition(n.)

    The period of 1920 to 1932 in the United States, during which sale of alcoholic beverages were forbidden by the consitution.


  1. prohibition(Noun)

    An act of prohibiting, forbidding, disallowing, or proscribing something.

  2. prohibition(Noun)

    A law prohibiting the manufacture or sale of alcohol.

  3. Prohibition(ProperNoun)

    any of several periods during which the manufacture, transportation, import, export, and sale of alcoholic beverages were restricted or illegal

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prohibition(noun)

    the act of prohibiting; a declaration or injunction forbidding some action; interdict

  2. Prohibition(noun)

    specifically, the forbidding by law of the sale of alcoholic liquors as beverages

  3. Origin: [L. prohibitio: cf. F. prohibition.]


  1. Prohibition

    Prohibition of alcohol, often referred to simply as prohibition, is the legal act of prohibiting the manufacture, transportation and sale of alcohol and alcoholic beverages. The term can also apply to the periods in the histories of the countries during which the prohibition of alcohol was enforced. Use of the term as applicable to a historical period is typically applied to countries of European culture.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prohibition in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prohibition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of prohibition in a Sentence

  1. Massimo Passamonti:

    Prohibition creates a bigger criminal market, not a smaller one.

  2. Jello Biafra:

    For every prohibition you create you also create an underground.

  3. Will Rogers:

    Communism is like prohibition, it's a good idea but it won't work.

  4. Sarabeth Spitzer:

    There is no prohibition whatsoever on talking about guns with patients.

  5. Don Marquis:

    prohibition makes you want to cry into your beer and denies you the beer to cry into

Images & Illustrations of prohibition

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