Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A prohibition; a writ to prohibit a judge from further proceeding in a matter.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In ecclesiastical law. A writ issuing from a superior ecclesiastical court, forbidding an inferior Judge to proceed further in a cause pending before him. In this sense it is closely analogous to the writ of prohibition at common law. Also the command of a bishop or ecclesiastical judge that a clergyman shall cease from taking any duty. In Scotch law. A species of diligence or process by which a debtor is prohibited from contracting any debt which may become a burden on his heritable property, in competition with the creditor at whose instance the inhibition is token out; and from granting any deed of alienation, etc., to the prejudice of the creditor. Brande. In the civil law. A prohibition which the law makes or a judge ordains to an individual. Hallifax, Civil Law, p. 126.
    —Inhibition against a wife. In Scotch law. A writ in the sovereign's name, passing the signet, which prohibits all and sundry from having transactions with a wife or giving her credit. Bell; Ersk. Inst. 1, 6, 26.