- To prohibit is to forbid someone from doing something or to prevent something from being done.
When you tell someone they are not allowed to enter your home and stop them from doing so, this is an example of a situation where you prohibit the person from entering your house.
prohibit definition by Webster's New World
- to refuse to permit; forbid by law or by an order
- to prevent; hinder
Origin: Middle English prohibeten ; from Classical Latin prohibitus, past participle of prohibere, to prohibit ; from pro-, before (see pro-) plush habere, to have (see habit)
prohibit definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb pro·hib·it·ed, pro·hib·it·ing, pro·hib·its
- To forbid by authority: Smoking is prohibited in most theaters. See Synonyms at forbid.
- To prevent; preclude: Modesty prohibits me from saying what happened.
Origin: Middle English prohibiten, from Latin prohibēre, prohibit- : pro-, in front; see pro-1 + habēre, to hold; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.