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PROHIBI'TION, noun [Latin prohibitio.]

1. The act of forbidding or interdicting; a declaration to hinder some action; interdict.

The law of God in the ten commandments consists mostly of prohibitions; 'thou shalt not do such a thing.'

2. In law, a writ of prohibition is a writ issuing from a superior tribunal, directed to the judges of an inferior court, commanding them to cease from the prosecution of a suit. By ellipsis, prohibition is used for the writ itself.