prohibit

verb
1)

state law prohibits gambling

Syn:
forbid, ban, bar, interdict, proscribe, make illegal, embargo, outlaw, disallow, veto; Law enjoin
Ant:
permit, authorize
2)

a cash shortage prohibited the visit

Syn:
prevent, stop, rule out, preclude, make impossible
Ant:
facilitate, allow
••
prohibit, ban, disallow, enjoin, forbid, hinder, interdict, preclude
There are a number of ways to prevent something from happening. You can prohibit it, which assumes that you have legal or other authority and are willing to back up your prohibition with force (prohibit smoking); or you can simply forbid it and hope that you've got the necessary clout (forbid teenagers to stay out after midnight). Ban carries a little more weight — both legal and moral — and interdict suggests that church or civil authorities are behind the idea. To enjoin (in this sense) is to prohibit by legal injunction (the truckers were enjoined from striking), which practically guarantees that you'll get what you want. A government or some other authority may disallow an act it might otherwise have permitted (the IRS disallowed the deduction), but anyone with a little gumption can hinder an activity by putting obstacles in its path (hinder the thief's getaway by tripping him on his way out the door). Of course, the easiest way to prohibit something is to preclude it, which means stopping it before it even gets started.

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  • Prohibit — Pro*hib it, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prohibited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prohibiting}.] [L. prohibitus, p. p. of prohibere to prohibit; pro before, forth + habere to have, hold. See {Habit}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To forbid by authority; to interdict; as, God… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prohibit — pro‧hib‧it [prəˈhɪbt ǁ proʊ ] verb [transitive] LAW to officially stop someone doing something by making it illegal or against the rules: • The firm s own internal rules now prohibit that type of loan. prohibit somebody from doing something •… …   Financial and business terms

  • prohibit — I verb ban, banish, bar, block, check, circumscribe, control, counteract, curb, debar, deny, disallow, disqualify, embargo, enjoin, exclude, forbid, foreclose, forfend, gainsay, halt, hamper, hinder, impede, inhibit, interdict, interfere, limit,… …   Law dictionary

  • prohibit — PROHIBÍT, Ă, prohibiţi, te, adj. (Despre mărfuri) A căror producere, vânzare, export sau import sunt interzise. – v. prohibi. Trimis de oprocopiuc, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  PROHIBÍT adj. interzis, oprit. (Băuturi prohibit.) Trimis de siveco,… …   Dicționar Român

  • prohibit — In current usage, prohibit can be followed either by a noun or pronoun denoting the thing prohibited (The UN Declaration calls on all countries to prohibit all forms of human cloning) or by a noun or pronoun denoting the person prohibited, (or… …   Modern English usage

  • prohibit — [prō hib′it, prəhib′it] vt. [ME prohibeten < L prohibitus, pp. of prohibere, to prohibit < pro , before (see PRO 2) + habere, to have (see HABIT)] 1. to refuse to permit; forbid by law or by an order 2. to prevent; hinder SYN. FORBID… …   English World dictionary

  • prohibit — early 15c., from L. prohibitus, pp. of prohibere (see PROHIBITION (Cf. prohibition)). Related: Prohibited; prohibiting …   Etymology dictionary

  • prohibit — *forbid, inhibit, enjoin, interdict, ban Analogous words: *prevent, preclude, obviate: debar, shut out, *exclude: *hinder, impede, obstruct: *restrain, curb, check Antonyms: permit Contrasted words: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prohibit — [v] make impossible; stop ban, block, bottle up*, box in*, bring to screeching halt*, constrain, cool*, cork*, debar, disallow, enjoin, forbid, forfend, freeze*, gridlock, halt, hamper, hang up*, hinder, hold up, impede, inhibit, interdict, jam… …   New thesaurus

  • prohibit — ► VERB (prohibited, prohibiting) 1) formally forbid by law, rule, etc. 2) make impossible; prevent. DERIVATIVES prohibitory adjective. ORIGIN Latin prohibere keep in check …   English terms dictionary

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