1. Tending to prohibit, preclude, or disallow.
    Some countries are more prohibitive than others when it comes to hot topics like euthanasia and cloning.
  2. Costly to the extreme; beyond budget.
    I'd like to visit Europe someday, but the cost is prohibitive right now.
  3. (Of a contender in a competition): presumptive winner, likely winner.

prohibitive (plural prohibitives)

  1. (linguistics) negative imperative

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