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 (prō-hĭb′ĭ-tĭv) also pro·hib·i·to·ry (-tôr′ē)
1. Prohibiting; forbidding: took prohibitive measures.
2. So high or burdensome as to discourage purchase or use: prohibitive prices.
3. So likely to win as to discourage competition: the prohibitive favorite to win the nomination.

pro·hib′i·tive·ly adv.
pro·hib′i·tive·ness n.


(proʊˈhɪb ɪ tɪv)

1. serving to prohibit or forbid something.
2. sufficing to prevent the use, purchase, etc., of something: prohibitive prices.
[1595–1605; < Medieval Latin]
pro•hib′i•tive•ly, adv.
pro•hib′i•tive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.prohibitory - tending to discourage (especially of prices); "the price was prohibitive"
preventative, preventive - tending to prevent or hinder


[prəˈhɪbɪtərɪ] ADJprohibitorio
References in classic literature ?
In many places they even have what may be called prohibitory reasons.
It is remarkable, that even in the two States which seem to have meditated an interdiction of military establishments in time of peace, the mode of expression made use of is rather cautionary than prohibitory.
It ought to be considered as a great point gained in favor of humanity, that a period of twenty years may terminate forever, within these States, a traffic which has so long and so loudly upbraided the barbarism of modern policy; that within that period, it will receive a considerable discouragement from the federal government, and may be totally abolished, by a concurrence of the few States which continue the unnatural traffic, in the prohibitory example which has been given by so great a majority of the Union.
His one excuse for setting that prohibitory sentence at defiance rested on the assumption that his father was actually dying.
The Northwest Company were now in complete occupation of the Columbia River, and its chief tributary streams, holding the posts which he had established, and carrying on a trade throughout the neighboring region, in defiance of the prohibitory law of Congress, which, in effect, was a dead letter beyond the mountains.
They had given a call to gherao and protest outside the Home Minister's residence in Delhi's Akbar Road, but they were detained under the Delhi Police (DP) Act, as the area is under prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) Act, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Madhur Verma, informed.
Prohibitory orders banning the assembly of five or more people were clamped in Rainawari, Nowhatta, M.
He argued that the maximum punishment under the relevant provisions of the Customs Act was six years, which did not fall in the prohibitory category mentioned in the Code of Criminal Procedure Code.
Patna: Senior Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) official and leader of opposition in Bihar assembly Tejashwi Yadav had his rally cancelled on Thursday after authorities announced prohibitory orders around the rally venue hours before he was to address.
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They were proceeding to neighbouring Mandsaur where prohibitory orders barring assembly of more than four people are still in force.