Adjective "prohibitive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a law or rule) forbidding or restricting something.
  1. 'It is also believed to be positioning itself for the impending relaxation of Australia's prohibitive cross-ownership rules, which would allow it to enhance its presence there.'
  2. 'As late as 1971 there was a prohibitive law making the opening of supermarkets and hypermarkets dependent on the issue of three different types of licence and the approval of two distinct levels of government.'
  3. 'The latest government proposals relating to asylum seekers arriving in Britain are the most prohibitive introduced to date and represent a deepening attack on democratic rights.'
  4. 'Mr Parlon said the requirement in the Department of Agriculture protocol that a farmer who purchases an animal is prevented from selling any animal from his holding for a period of 20 days is extremely prohibitive.'
  5. 'Incineration has been ruled out as it is too expensive and the regulatory issues involved too prohibitive.'
  6. 'This restriction may be prohibitive in many applications.'
  7. 'We sold it because French tax law was very prohibitive concerning foreign inheritors.'
  8. 'It may also make clearer that harm reduction is not simply a flag flown by closet libertarians who are philosophically opposed to all prohibitive drug laws.'
  9. 'For the many this is justifiable: gross violations of human rights make ethical demands upon us which cannot be overridden by prohibitive law.'
  10. 'We eventually agreed that the size of the hut was prohibitive to display.'
  11. 'Beyond that, the amount of energy required becomes too prohibitive.'
  12. 'Finally, a newly restrictive planning regime for one-off housing is particularly prohibitive towards non-locals.'
(of a price or charge) so high as to prevent something being done or bought.
  1. 'The cost to have an exterminator catch a few rodents should not be prohibitive.'
  2. 'The cost of car travel becomes prohibitive with the new charges and the cost in time and inconvenience because of the poor public transport system is unreasonable.'
  3. 'Starks remains at the top of the team's list, but his asking price is prohibitive.'
  4. 'Despite the prohibitive price tag, there is no sign of a downturn at the top end of the property market with only 12 of the 27 houses still unsold.'
  5. 'They say the charges are prohibitive, and so are parking instead on a different site behind the Railway Institute gymnasium.'
  6. 'He wished to provide golf and other sporting facilities which families could use and enjoy without the cost being prohibitive.'
  7. 'If you feel the cost is too prohibitive, then get a group of people together and share vanes.'
  8. 'However, the costs of the necessary hardware and software make it prohibitive, at least in the near future.'
  9. 'Gone are the days when game was seen as elitist because of prohibitive prices.'
  10. 'Many shooters think ivory is the ultimate dressing for a fine gun, but the cost is often prohibitive.'


1. serving or tending to prohibit or forbid something.

2. sufficing to prevent the use, purchase, etc., of something: prohibitive prices.

More examples(as adjective)

"costs can be prohibitive for hospitals."

"tariffs can be prohibitive for imports."

"prices can be prohibitive for families."

"costs can be prohibitive in/at/on anywheres."

"costs can be prohibitive on incomes."

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Late Middle English (in prohibitive (sense 1)): from French prohibitif, -ive or Latin prohibitivus, from prohibit- ‘kept in check’, from the verb prohibere (see prohibit).