from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of prohibiting, forbidding, or interdicting; an edict or a decree to forbid or debar.
  • noun In a restricted sense, the interdiction by law of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic drinks, except for medicinal or sacramental uses.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of prohibiting; a declaration or injunction forbidding some action; interdict.
  • noun Specifically, the forbidding by law of the sale of alcoholic liquors as beverages.
  • noun (Law) a writ issued by a superior tribunal, directed to an inferior court, commanding the latter to cease from the prosecution of a suit depending before it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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