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prohibition

pro·hi·bi·tion

prohibition

 
pronunciation:
pro hih bI shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of prohibiting.
The prohibition of tobacco smoking in all public buildings took place last year.
synonyms:
ban, embargo, proscription, taboo
antonyms:
permission
similar words:
boycott, constraint, exclusion, injunction, law, limit, prevention, restriction, taboo
definition 2: a law that prohibits something.
Environmentalists are working for the prohibition of these dangerous products.
antonyms:
permission
similar words:
ban, taboo
definition 3: a legal ban on the production, transport, sale, or possession of alcoholic beverages.
Prohibition made the sale of alcohol illegal.Prohibition caused some breweries to close, while others turned to the sale of yeast and non-alcoholic beverages.
definition 4: (often cap.) the period from 1920 to 1933 during which such a ban was in effect in the United States.
During Prohibition, clubs and bars called "speakeasies" sold illegal alcoholic beverages.
similar words:
abstention, abstinence, temperance