Pro·hib·it v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prohibited; p. pr. & vb. n. Prohibiting.]
1. To forbid by authority; to interdict; as, God prohibited Adam from eating of the fruit of a certain tree; we prohibit a person from doing a thing, and also the doing of the thing; as, the law prohibits men from stealing, or it prohibits stealing.
Note: ☞ Prohibit was formerly followed by to with the infinitive, but is now commonly followed by from with the verbal noun in -ing.
2. To hinder; to debar; to prevent; to preclude.
Gates of burning adamant,
Barred over us, prohibit all egress. --Milton.
Syn: -- To forbid; interdict; debar; prevent; hinder.
Usage: -- Prohibit, Forbid. To forbid is Anglo-Saxon, and is more familiar; to prohibit is Latin, and is more formal or official. A parent forbids his child to be out late at night; he prohibits his intercourse with the profane and vicious.
adj 1: excluded from use or mention; "forbidden fruit"; "in our
house dancing and playing cards were out"; "a taboo
subject" [syn: forbidden, out(p), proscribed, taboo,
2: forbidden by law [syn: banned]