Where the Word Prohibition Comes From


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The word “prohibition” comes from the Latin “prohibitionem”, meaning “hindering or forbidding”.  It was used to mean “forced alcohol abstinence” as early as 1851.

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  • I have noticed the quote that Prohibition was used to mean ‘“forced alcohol abstinence” as early as 1851.’ around the Internet, but without indicating a reference as to how this meaning was determined. In what text is it reported that Prohibition with a capital P was first used?

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