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prohibit (v.)

"forbid, interdict by authority," early 15c., prohibiten, from Latin prohibitus, past participle of prohibere "hold back, restrain, hinder, prevent," from pro "away, forth" (see pro-) + habere "to hold" (from PIE root *ghabh- "to give or receive"). For form, compare inhibit, exhibit. Related: Prohibited; prohibiting.

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Definitions of prohibit from WordNet

prohibit (v.)
command against;
Synonyms: forbid / interdict / proscribe / veto / disallow / nix
From wordnet.princeton.edu