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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
pro•hi•bi•tion /ˌproʊəˈbɪʃən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [uncountable] the act of prohibiting.
  2. [uncountable]
      • the prohibiting of the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages by law.
      • [usually: Prohibition] the period (1920–33) during which such a law was in effect in the U.S.
  3. a law, rule, order, or regulation that forbids[countable]a prohibition against public nudity.
pro•hi•bi•tion•ist, n. [countable]See -hab-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
pro•hi•bi•tion  (prō′ə bishən), 
  1. the act of prohibiting.
  2. Governmentthe legal prohibiting of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic drinks for common consumption.
  3. Government(often cap.) the period (1920–33) when the Eighteenth Amendment was in force and alcoholic beverages could not legally be manufactured, transported, or sold in the U.S.
  4. a law or decree that forbids.
  • Latin prohibitiōn- (stem of prohibitiō). See prohibit, -ion
  • Middle English 1275–1325
pro′hi•bition•ar′y, adj. 
4 . interdiction.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

prohibition /ˌprəʊɪˈbɪʃən/ n
  1. the act of prohibiting or state of being prohibited
  2. an order or decree that prohibits
  3. (sometimes capital) (esp in the US) a policy of legally forbidding the manufacture, transportation, sale, or consumption of alcoholic beverages except for medicinal or scientific purposes
  4. an order of a superior court (in Britain the High Court) forbidding an inferior court to determine a matter outside its jurisdiction

ˌprohiˈbitionary adj

Prohibition /ˌprəʊɪˈbɪʃən/ n
  1. the period (1920–33) when the manufacture, sale, and transportation of intoxicating liquors was banned by constitutional amendment in the US

ˌProhiˈbitionist n

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