Meaning of “prohibition” in the English Dictionary

"prohibition" in British English

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prohibitionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌprəʊ.ɪˈbɪʃ.ən/ /ˌprəʊ.hɪˈbɪʃ.ən/ us /ˌproʊ.ɪˈbɪʃ.ən/ /ˌproʊ.hɪˈbɪʃ.ən/

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.

Prohibitionnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌprəʊ.ɪˈbɪʃ.ən/ /ˌprəʊ.hɪˈbɪʃ.ən/ us /ˌproʊ.ɪˈbɪʃ.ən/ /ˌproʊ.hɪˈbɪʃ.ən/

(Definition of “prohibition” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"prohibition" in American English

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prohibitionnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌproʊ·həˈbɪʃ·ən, ˌproʊ·ə-/

US history In the US, Prohibition was the period from 1920 to 1933 when the production and sale of alcohol was illegal.

(Definition of “prohibition” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"Prohibition" in Business English

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Prohibitionnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌprəʊɪˈbɪʃən/ us

the period from 1920 to 1933 when the production and sale of alcohol was forbidden in the US:

There was a thriving black market during Prohibition.

prohibitionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌprəʊhɪˈbɪʃən/ us

a law or rule that officially stops something from being done, or the fact of not being allowed by official rules or laws:

The regulations spell out the prohibition of age discrimination in the workplace.
a prohibition against/on sth There is a prohibition on disclosing information.

(Definition of “Prohibition” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)