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prohibition

noun [C or U] uk   /ˌprəʊ.ɪˈbɪʃ.ən/ /-hɪˈ-/ us    /ˌproʊ-/
the act of officially not allowing something, or an order that does this: New York City has announced a prohibition on smoking on buses. The environmental group is demanding a complete prohibition against the hunting of whales. It's my feeling that the money spent on drug prohibition would be better spent on information and education.
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