pro·hi·bi·tion /ˌproəˈbɪʃən ||ˌprohə-/
1. The act of prohibiting; a declaration or injunction forbidding some action; interdict.
The law of God, in the ten commandments, consists mostly of prohibitions. --Tillotson.
2. Specifically, the forbidding by law of the sale of alcoholic liquors as beverages.
Writ of prohibition 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.
Note: ☞ By ellipsis, prohibition is used for the writ itself.
n 1: a law forbidding the sale of alcoholic beverages; "in 1920
the 18th amendment to the Constitution established
prohibition in the US"
2: a decree that prohibits something [syn: ban, proscription]
3: the period from 1920 to 1933 when the sale of alcoholic
beverages was prohibited in the United States by a
constitutional amendment [syn: prohibition era]
4: refusal to approve or assent to
5: the action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an
instance thereof); "they were restrained by a prohibition
in their charter"; "a medical inhibition of alcoholic
beverages"; "he ignored his parents' forbiddance" [syn: inhibition,