WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
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. [countable] a law, rule, order, or regulation that forbids:a prohibition against public nudity.
pro•hi•bi•tion•ist, n. [countable]See -hab-.

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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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