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Pronunciation:  `prowu'bishun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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"
  2. [n]  a law forbidding the sale of alcoholic beverages; "in 1920 the 18th amendment to the Constitution established prohibition in the US"
  3. [n]  a decree that prohibits something
  4. [n]  refusal to approve or assent to
  5. [n]  the period from 1920 to 1933 when the sale of alcoholic beverages was prohibited in the United States by a constitutional amendment

PROHIBITION is a 11 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: ban, forbiddance, inhibition, interdiction, prohibition era, proscription
 See Also: action, banning, banning-order, cease and desist order, decree, edict, enjoining, enjoinment, fiat, forbiddance, forbidding, injunction, law, order, period, period of time, refusal, rescript, time period



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pro`hi*bi"tion\, n. [L. prohibitio: cf. F.
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.