Part of speech: adjective

Tending to prohibit. Prohibitory.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", Milo M. Hastings.