from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of prohibiting or the condition of being prohibited.
  • n. A law, order, or decree that forbids something.
  • n. The forbidding by law of the manufacture, transportation, sale, and possession of alcoholic beverages.
  • n. The period (1920-1933) during which the 18th Amendment forbidding the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages was in force in the United States.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An act of prohibiting, forbidding, disallowing, or proscribing something.
  • n. A law prohibiting the manufacture or sale of alcohol.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of prohibiting; a declaration or injunction forbidding some action; interdict.
  • n. Specifically, the forbidding by law of the sale of alcoholic liquors as beverages.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of prohibiting, forbidding, or interdicting; an edict or a decree to forbid or debar.
  • n. In a restricted sense, the interdiction by law of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic drinks, except for medicinal or sacramental uses.
  • n. In Scots law, a technical clause in a deed of entail prohibiting the heir from selling the estate, contracting debt, altering the order of succession, etc. Synonyms Interdiction, inhibition, embargo. See prohibit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. refusal to approve or assent to
  • n. a decree that prohibits something
  • n. a law forbidding the sale of alcoholic beverages
  • n. the period from 1920 to 1933 when the sale of alcoholic beverages was prohibited in the United States by a constitutional amendment
  • n. the action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an instance thereof)


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