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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.
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.
His one excuse for setting that prohibitory sentence at defiance rested on the assumption that his father was actually dying.
Kenderapara district administration was forced to clamp prohibitory orders at several places with tension running high and rampaging mobs demanding immediate arrest of the godman who found himself in a eye of a storm after a local TV channel ran a report alleging that the Baba had spent three days in a posh Hyderabad hotel with a young MBBS student last month.
MIRPUR -- Police have rounded up atleast 54 owners and managers of various buildings including guest houses and hotels in this district for defying the prohibitory orders including recently promulgated new laws issued under the AJK-wide National Action Plan.
Naqvi had unsuccessfully contested the 2009 general elections and was accused of violating prohibitory orders.
Rampur(UP): Union Minister and senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was on Wednesday given a one-year jail term by a local court after he was convicted of violating prohibitory orders during the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.
Prohibitory orders have been clamped in the city and mounted police will be among about 10,000 police and anti-riot personnel keeping a vigil.
Those found defying the prohibitory orders shall be tried under section 1888 Cr.