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To prescribe means to recommend or to authorize.
To proscribe means to forbid.
The verb to prescribe
means to recommend or authorize.
- I have prescribed you a course of antibiotics.
- The law prescribes a minimum of 10 years' incarceration for your
The verb to proscribe
means to forbid, to limit or to banish.
- These photos are worthless. Such images are proscribed by law.
- Police have been tracking three members of the group, which was proscribed in the 80s.
- Name one country that does not proscribe theft.
PRO IS BAD?
causes confusion because many do not expect a word that starts with pro
to have such negative
connotations. (As a preposition
and a prefix
often means for
or supportive of
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