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Prohibit


PROHIB'IT, verb transitive [Latin prohibeo; pro and habeo, to hold.]

1. To forbid; to interdict by authority; applicable to persons or things, but implying authority or right. God prohibited Adam to eat of the fruit of a certain tree. The moral law prohibits what is wrong and commands what is right. We prohibit a person to do a thing, and we prohibit the thing to be done.

2. To hinder; to debar; to prevent; to preclude.

Gates of burning adamant,

Barr'd over us, prohibit all egress.