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 (fər-bĭd′, fôr-)
tr.v. for·bade (-băd′, -bād′) or for·bad (-băd′), for·bid·den (-bĭd′n) or for·bid, for·bid·ding, for·bids
1. To command (someone) not to do something: I forbid you to go.
2. To command against the doing or use of (something); prohibit: forbid smoking on trains.
3. To have the effect of preventing; preclude: Discretion forbids a reply.

[Middle English forbidden, forbeden, from Old English forbēodan; see bheudh- in Indo-European roots.]

for·bid′dance n.
for·bid′der n.
Synonyms: forbid, ban1, prohibit, proscribe
These verbs mean to refuse to allow: laws that forbid speeding; banned smoking in restaurants; rules that prohibit loitering; proscribed the importation of certain fruits.
Antonym: permit1
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(fərˈbɪd ns, fɔr-)

the act of forbidding.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.forbiddance - an official prohibition or edict against somethingforbiddance - an official prohibition or edict against something
prohibition - refusal to approve or assent to
test ban - a ban on the testing of nuclear weapons that is mutually agreed to by countries that possess nuclear weapons
2.forbiddance - 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"
action - something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
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Rather how hast thou yeelded to transgress The strict forbiddance, how to violate The sacred Fruit forbidd'n!
Major General Al Yahya highlighted key regulations such as the strict forbiddance of the illegal transport of pilgrims without a permit.
This change occurred through the complete denial of the feminine, the Goddess and the forbiddance of women to act in sacred ceremonies.
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He prayed for eternal peace for the departed soul and for forbiddance for the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.
The forbiddance of regicide was one crucial tenet of Elizabethan politics; it was central to the establishment of royal power, as witnessed by the famous 1571 An Homily Against Disobedience and Willful Rebellion, and it was increasingly sustained by James I's absolutist politics.
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The forbiddance of insurance by the Islamic law shows what can (and what cannot) be traded.
This study also showed that among reasons behind the refusal to donate was a "presumed forbiddance in religion." This could be because of the unawareness of the population regarding religious edicts concerning organ donation.
This fundamental difference stems from the Islamic law's (Shariah) forbiddance of Riba (usury or interest).