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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Prohibit \Pro*hib"it\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prohibited; p. pr.
& vb. n. Prohibiting.] [L. prohibitus, p. p. of prohibere
to prohibit; pro before, forth + habere to have, hold. See
1. To forbid by authority; to interdict; as, God prohibited
Adam from eating of the fruit of a certain tree; we
prohibit a person from doing a thing, and also the doing
of the thing; as, the law prohibits men from stealing, or
it prohibits stealing.
Note: Prohibit was formerly followed by to with the
infinitive, but is now commonly followed by from with
the verbal noun in -ing.
2. To hinder; to debar; to prevent; to preclude.
Gates of burning adamant,
Barred over us, prohibit all egress. --Milton.
Syn: To forbid; interdict; debar; prevent; hinder.
Usage: Prohibit, Forbid. To forbid is Anglo-Saxon, and is
more familiar; to prohibit is Latin, and is more
formal or official. A parent forbids his child to be
out late at night; he prohibits his intercourse with
the profane and vicious.
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