Definition for PRO-HIB'IT

PRO-HIB'IT, v.t. [L. prohibeo; pro and habeo, to hold; Fr. prohiber; It. proibire; Sp. prohibir.]

  1. To forbid; to interdict by authority; applicable to persons or things, but implying authority or right. God prohibited Adam to eat of the fruit of a certain tree. The moral law prohibits what is wrong and commands what is right. We prohibit a person to do a thing, and we prohibit the thing to be done.
  2. To hinder; to debar; to prevent; to preclude. Gates of burning adamant, / Bar'd over us, prohibit all egress. – Milton.

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