Extravagant vs Prohibitive - What's the difference?

extravagant | prohibitive |

As adjectives the difference between extravagant and prohibitive

is that extravagant is exceeding the bounds of something; roving; hence, foreign while prohibitive is tending to prohibit, preclude, or disallow.

As a noun prohibitive is

(linguistics) negative imperative.




(en adjective)
  • Exceeding the bounds of something; roving; hence, foreign.
  • * (William Shakespeare)
  • The extravagant and erring spirit hies / To his confine.
  • Extreme; wild; excessive; unrestrained.
  • * Addison
  • There appears something nobly wild and extravagant in great natural geniuses.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess), chapter=1 citation , passage=The half-dozen pieces […] were painted white and carved with festoons of flowers, birds and cupids. […] The bed was the most extravagant piece. Its graceful cane halftester rose high towards the cornice and was so festooned in carved white wood that the effect was positively insecure, as if the great couch were trimmed with icing sugar.}}
  • Exorbitant.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=55, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Obama goes troll-hunting , passage=According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.}}
  • Profuse in expenditure; prodigal; wasteful.
  • (Bancroft)


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    (en adjective)
  • Tending to prohibit, preclude, or disallow.
  • Some countries are more prohibitive than others when it comes to hot topics like euthanasia and cloning.
  • Costly to the extreme; beyond budget.
  • I'd like to visit Europe someday, but the cost is prohibitive right now.


    (en noun)
  • (linguistics) negative imperative