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Antonyms for forbid
fərˈbɪd, fɔr-for·bid

This page is about all possible antonyms and opposite words for the term forbid.

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  1. forbidverb

    Synonyms:
    ban, prohibit, disallow

  2. forbidverb

    To disallow

    Synonyms:
    ban, disallow, prohibit

  3. forbidverb

    To proscribe

    Synonyms:
    prohibit, ban, disallow

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. forbid

    To prohibit is to give some formal command against, and especially to make some authoritative legal enactment against. Debar is said of persons, disallow of acts; one is debarred from anything when shut off, as by some irresistible authority or necessity; one is prohibited from an act in express terms; he may be debarred by silent necessity. An act is disallowed by the authority that might have allowed it; the word is especially applied to acts which are done before they are pronounced upon; thus, a government may disallow the act of its commander in the field or its admiral on the high seas. Inhibit and interdict are chiefly known by their ecclesiastical use. As between forbid and prohibit, forbid is less formal and more personal, prohibit more official and judicial, with the implication of readiness to use such force as may be needed to give effect to the enactment; a parent forbids a child to take part in some game or to associate with certain companions; the slave-trade is now prohibited by the leading nations of the world. Many things are prohibited by law which can not be wholly prevented, as gambling and prostitution; on the other hand, things may be prevented which are not prohibited, as the services of religion, the payment of debts, or military conquest. That which is precluded need not be prohibited. Compare ABOLISH; HINDER; PREVENT.

    Antonyms:
    allow, authorize, command, consent to, direct, empower, enjoin, give consent, give leave, give permission, let, license, order, permit, put up with, require, sanction, suffer, tolerate, warrant

    Synonyms:
    debar, disallow, hinder, inhibit, interdict, preclude, prevent, prohibit

    Preposition:
    An act is prohibited by law; a person is prohibited by law from doing a certain act. Prohibit was formerly construed, as forbid still is, with the infinitive, but the construction with from and the verbal noun has now entirely superseded the older usage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. forbid, prohibit, interdict, proscribe, veto, disallow, nixverb

    command against

    "I forbid you to call me late at night"; "Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store"; "Dad nixed our plans"

    Antonyms:
    permit, countenance, allow, let

    Synonyms:
    blackball, interdict, forestall, disallow, prohibit, preclude, nix, negative, prevent, proscribe, veto, foreclose

  2. prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbidverb

    keep from happening or arising; make impossible

    "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"

    Antonyms:
    countenance, let, permit, allow

    Synonyms:
    proscribe, rule out, counter, interdict, keep, veto, preclude, forestall, prevent, prohibit, foreclose, nix, anticipate, foresee, close out, disallow

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. forbidverb

    Synonyms:
    prohibit, interdict, inhibit, restrain, taboo, preclude, proscribe

Editors Contribution

  1. nurture

    Submitted by @Muskan on December 28, 2020  

How to use forbid in a sentence?

  1. Frederic Rouzaud:

    What can we do ? We can't forbid people from buying it.

  2. John Rhys-Davies:

    It's an age where politicians don't actually say what they believe, they are afraid of being judged as being partisan. Heaven forbid that we should criticize people who, after all, share a different value system. 'But it's all relevant. It's all equally relative. We're all the same. And God and the devil, they're the same, aren't they, really? Right and wrong? It's really just two faces of the same coin,'.

  3. Dmitry Rogozin:

    Measures for countering the aggressor could include those that concern Russia's strategic nuclear capability, that is reciprocal measures so that, God Forbid, no one gets a crazy idea in their head.

  4. Bill De Blasio:

    We have the capacity to keep this contained in god forbid it spread, spread, spread.

  5. Patrick Henry:

    Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!

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