- 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.
- to refuse to permit; forbid by law or by an order
- to prevent; hinder
Origin of prohibitMiddle English prohibeten ; from Classical Latin prohibitus, past participle of prohibere, to prohibit ; from pro-, before (see pro-) + habere, to have (see habit)
transitive verbpro·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 of prohibitMiddle English prohibiten, from Latin prohibēre, prohibit- : pro-, in front; see pro–1 + habēre, to hold; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present prohibits, present participle prohibiting, simple past and past participle prohibited)
From Latin prohibeo (“I fend off, prevent, prohibit”)