What does the word prohibitive mean?

    Part of speech: adjective

  • Tending to prohibit. Prohibitory.

Usage examples for prohibitive

  1. No one of these workings was on a large scale, and at two or three only had stamping machinery been set up, owing, so I was told, to the practically prohibitive cost of transport from the sea. – Impressions of South Africa by James Bryce
  2. He knew how it subsisted in spite of an equal consciousness of his being neither mentally nor physically quite helpless, neither a dunce nor a cripple; he knew it to be absolute, though secret, and also, strange to say, about common undertakings, not discouraging, not prohibitive. – The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2 by Henry James
  3. A covered pit is more convenient if far enough removed from the house that the odor is not prohibitive. – The Dollar Hen by Milo M. Hastings
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