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prohibit +‎ -ive


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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.
  3. (Of a contender in a competition): presumptive winner, likely winner.
    • 2017 July 23, Olivia Beavers, “GOP consultant:Kid Rock would be prohibitive favorite if he enters Michigan Senate race.”, in The Hill[1], 2020 Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., archived from the original on 07/24/2017:
      “I think there’s no question about that. I think he’s the prohibitive favorite if he gets in,” Dennis Lennox, a Michigan-based Republican political consultant, told Politico.
    • 2020, Andrew Yang endorses Joe Biden, and delivers message to Bernie Sanders supporters[2], CNN, published 2020, archived from the original on 15 March 2020, 00:00:20 from the start:
      [B]ut the math says Joe is our prohibitive nominee, we need to bring the party together[.]


prohibitive (plural prohibitives)

  1. (linguistics) negative imperative




  1. feminine singular of prohibitif