American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Prohibiting; forbidding: took prohibitive measures.
- adj. So high or burdensome as to discourage purchase or use: prohibitive prices.
- adj. So likely to win as to discourage competition: the prohibitive favorite to win the nomination.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as prohibitory.
- adj. Tending to prohibit, preclude, or disallow.
- adj. Costly to the extreme; beyond budget.
- n. linguistics negative imperative
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. That prohibits; prohibitory.
- adj. tending to discourage (especially of prices)
- prohibit + -ive (Wiktionary)
“I think that you'll find the word 'prohibitive' is an understatement.”
“Your comment about anise being cost prohibitive is true, but what I started doing last year is to go to the pharmacy and buy a syringe (like diabetics use) and squirt proper amount on my bait.”
“I submit that a more complete solution to the crisis of access to legal services should fulfil the following conditions: it should increase the pool of legal service providers in order to address the overall shortage of lawyers; is should increase the capacity of legal aid and other entities to provide legal services free of charge; it should ensure access to legal services for people of all income levels, including low and middle income people; it should not be cost-prohibitive from a government viewpoint; and, it should ensure a high quality of legal service as well as competence and integrity among all legal professionals.”
“The article goes on to say one option is to boost the force level by up to 50,000 even though any increase greater than 20 - 30,000 would be "prohibitive" - but it won't deter the Pentagon, on administration orders, from extending tours of duty even longer for forces now there and calling up thousands of reservists and greatly extended National Guard units to get into this quagmire even though it's recognized their presence will only make things worse as well as place an unfair burden on those called up, who've served before, and their families.”
“Who now could deny that it would be folly to oppose the resources of ordinary warfare to those of what might be called prohibitive warfare.”
“The city reserves the right to cancel the arena project, which is to be financed jointly by the city and the province, should a detailed cost study make the price tag prohibitive.”
“The intent, however, was to make the taxes and terms prohibitive to all non-medical use.”
“Eskom's former CEO, Jacob Maroga, recently revealed in court that iron-clad 'sweetheart deals' inherited from South Africa's apartheid era could not be renegotiated as the cost of 'buying back power' from foreign-owned multinationals such as smelter BHP Billiton was 'prohibitive' i.e.: R5. 9 trillion or US$800 billion.”
“That way she could enforce her trademark protection in a way that wasn't "prohibitive" to the community, she said.”
“But they are not danger-prohibitive, meaning they're not so dangerous one shouldn't ride.”
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