prohibitive [prō hib′ətôr΄ē, prə hib′ətôr΄ēprō hib′ə tiv, prəhib′ə tiv]
[Fr prohibitif < LL prohibitivus]
1. prohibiting or tending to prohibit something
2. such as to prevent purchase, use, etc. [prohibitive prices]: Also prohibitory [prō hib′ətôr΄ē, prə hib′ətôr΄ē]

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