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 for prohibition
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prohibition \Pro`hi*bi"tion\, n.
     The period of 1920 to 1932 in the United States, during which
     sale of alcoholic beverages were forbidden by the
     consitution.
     [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prohibition \Pro`hi*bi"tion\, n. [L. prohibitio: cf. F.
     prohibition.]
     1. The act of prohibiting; a declaration or injunction
        forbidding some action; interdict.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The law of God, in the ten commandments, consists
              mostly of prohibitions.               --Tillotson.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Specifically, the forbidding by law of the sale of
        alcoholic liquors as beverages.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Writ of prohibition (Law), a writ issued by a superior
        tribunal, directed to an inferior court, commanding the
        latter to cease from the prosecution of a suit depending
        before it. --Blackstone.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: By ellipsis, prohibition is used for the writ itself.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  prohibition
      n 1: a law forbidding the sale of alcoholic beverages; "in 1920
           the 18th amendment to the Constitution established
           prohibition in the US"
      2: a decree that prohibits something [syn: prohibition, ban,
         proscription]
      3: the period from 1920 to 1933 when the sale of alcoholic
         beverages was prohibited in the United States by a
         constitutional amendment [syn: prohibition, prohibition
         era]
      4: refusal to approve or assent to
      5: the action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an
         instance thereof); "they were restrained by a prohibition in
         their charter"; "a medical inhibition of alcoholic
         beverages"; "he ignored his parents' forbiddance" [syn:
         prohibition, inhibition, forbiddance]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  79 Moby Thesaurus words for "prohibition":
     Eighteenth Amendment, Volstead Act, arrest, arrestation, ban,
     banning, bar, barring, blockade, boycott, check, circumscription,
     constraint, control, cooling, cooling down, cooling off, curb,
     curtailment, debarment, debarring, deceleration, demarcation,
     determent, deterrence, disallowance, disallowing, discouragement,
     embargo, estoppel, exception, exclusion, forbiddance, foreclosure,
     forestalling, halt, hindrance, inadmissibility, inhibition,
     injunction, interdict, interdicting, interdiction, legal restraint,
     lockout, monopoly, narrowing, nonadmission, obviation, omission,
     outlawing, outlawry, preclusion, prevention, prohibitionism,
     proscribing, proscription, protection, protectionism,
     protective tariff, rationing, rein, rejection, relegation,
     repudiation, restraint, restraint of trade, restriction,
     retardation, retrenchment, self-control, slowing down, stay, stop,
     stoppage, stopping, taboo, tariff wall, thought control
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PROHIBITION, practice. The name of a writ issued by a superior court, 
  directed to the judge and parties of a suit in an inferior court, commanding 
  them to cease from the prosecution of the same, upon a suggestion that the 
  cause originally, or some collateral matter arising therein, does not belong 
  to that jurisdiction, but to the cognizance of some other court. 3 Bl. Com. 
  112; Com. Dig. h.t.; Bac. Ab. h.t. Saund. Index, h.t.; Vin. Ab. h.t.; 2 
  Sell. Pr. 308; Ayliffe's Parerg. 434; 2 Hen. Bl. 
       2. The writ of prohibition may also be issued when, having 
  jurisdiction, the court has attempted to proceed by rules differing from 
  those which ought to be observed; Bull. N. P. 219; or when, by the exercise 
  of its jurisdiction, the inferior court would defeat a legal right. 2 Chit. 
  Pr. 355. 
  
  

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