prohibitive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

prohibit +‎ -ive

Pronunciation[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

prohibitive (comparative more prohibitive, superlative most prohibitive)

  1. Tending to prohibit, preclude, or disallow.
    Some countries are more prohibitive than others when it comes to hot topics like euthanasia and cloning.
  2. Costly to the extreme; beyond budget.
    I'd like to visit Europe someday, but the cost is prohibitive right now.

Noun[edit]

prohibitive (plural prohibitives)

  1. (linguistics) negative imperative