forbidden [fer-bid-n, fawr-] Examples verb

  1. a past participle of forbid.


  1. not allowed; prohibited: a forbidden food in his religion.
  2. Physics. involving a change in quantum numbers that is not permitted by the selection rules: forbidden transition.

Related formsfor·bid·den·ly, adverbfor·bid·den·ness, nounpre·for·bid·den, adjectiveself-for·bid·den, adjectiveun·for·bid·den, adjectiveCan be confusedforbade forbid forbidden forebode (see synonym study at forbid) Examples from the Web for forbiddenness Historical Examples of forbiddenness

  • She blushed with an unwonted timidity in a new sense of the forbiddenness of her presence there.

    We Can’t Have Everything

    Rupert Hughes

  • British Dictionary definitions for forbiddenness forbidden adjective

    1. not permitted by order or law
    2. physics involving a change in quantum numbers that is not permitted by certain rules derived from quantum mechanics, esp rules for changes in the electrical dipole moment of the system

    usage It was formerly considered incorrect to talk of forbidding someone from doing something, but in modern usage either from or to can be used: he was forbidden from entering/to enter the building

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