1. The act of prohibiting or the condition of being prohibited.
2. A rule or law that forbids something.
a. The forbidding by law of the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages.
b. Prohibition The period (1920-1933) during which the 18th Amendment forbidding the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages was in force in the United States.
(click for a larger image)Prohibition
Director of Public Safety Smedley Butler photographed in 1924 smashing barrels of confiscated beer
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