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

n the action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an instance thereof)

“they were restrained by a prohibition in their charter”
forbiddance, inhibition
Type of:
something done (usually as opposed to something said)

n refusal to approve or assent to

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
Type of:
the act of refusing

n a decree that prohibits something

ban, proscription
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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)

n a law forbidding the sale of alcoholic beverages

“in 1920 the 18th amendment to the Constitution established prohibition in the US”
Type of:
legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity

n the period from 1920 to 1933 when the sale of alcoholic beverages was prohibited in the United States by a constitutional amendment

prohibition era
Type of:
period, period of time, time period
an amount of time

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