prohibition

Prohibition is the act of forbidding or outlawing something, like when my mom placed a prohibition on watching TV during dinner (causing everyone to skip dinner).

Prohibition can also refer to one of the most famous acts of prohibition in United States history: the outlawing of alcoholic beverages from 1920 to 1933. During this period, known as the "Prohibition Era" or just "Prohibition" for short, people continued to obtain alcohol via illegal means. As a result, the Prohibition Era is a perfect illustration of a major challenge associated with most acts of prohibition: enforcement.

Definitions of prohibition
  1. noun
    the action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an instance thereof)
    “they were restrained by a prohibition in their charter”
    synonyms: forbiddance, inhibition
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    action
    something done (usually as opposed to something said)
  2. noun
    refusal to approve or assent to
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    interdiction
    authoritative prohibition
    ban, banning, forbiddance, forbidding
    an official prohibition or edict against something
    test ban
    a ban on the testing of nuclear weapons that is mutually agreed to by countries that possess nuclear weapons
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    refusal
    the act of refusing
  3. noun
    a decree that prohibits something
    synonyms: ban, proscription
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    banning-order
    an order that bans something
    cease and desist order, enjoining, enjoinment, injunction
    (law) a judicial remedy issued in order to prohibit a party from doing or continuing to do a certain activity
    interdict, interdiction
    a court order prohibiting a party from doing a certain activity
    mandatory injunction
    injunction requiring the performance of some specific act
    final injunction, permanent injunction
    injunction issued on completion of a trial
    interlocutory injunction, temporary injunction
    injunction issued during a trial to maintain the status quo or preserve the subject matter of the litigation until the trial is over
    type of:
    decree, edict, fiat, order, rescript
    a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
  4. noun
    a law forbidding the sale of alcoholic beverages
    “in 1920 the 18th amendment to the Constitution established prohibition in the US”
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    law
    legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity
  5. noun
    the period from 1920 to 1933 when the sale of alcoholic beverages was prohibited in the United States by a constitutional amendment
    synonyms: prohibition era
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    period, period of time, time period
    an amount of time
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