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English noun: prohibition

1. prohibition (communication) a law forbidding the sale of alcoholic beverages

SamplesIn 1920 the 18th amendment to the Constitution established prohibition in the US.

Broader (hypernym)law

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

2. prohibition (communication) a decree that prohibits something

Synonymsban, proscription

Broader (hypernym)decree, edict, fiat, order, rescript

Narrower (hyponym)banning-order, cease and desist order, enjoining, enjoinment, injunction, interdict, interdiction

3. prohibition (time) the period from 1920 to 1933 when the sale of alcoholic beverages was prohibited in the United States by a constitutional amendment

Synonymsprohibition era

Broader (hypernym)period, period of time, time period

4. prohibition (communication) refusal to approve or assent to

Broader (hypernym)refusal

Narrower (hyponym)ban, banning, forbiddance, forbidding, interdiction

5. prohibition (act) the action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an instance thereof)

SamplesThey were restrained by a prohibition in their charter.
A medical inhibition of alcoholic beverages.
He ignored his parents' forbiddance.

Synonymsforbiddance, inhibition

Broader (hypernym)action

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