From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Pratisedha literally means ‘prohibition’.

Pratisedha is the synonym of the word ‘niṣedha’ used in the Purvamīmāmsā works. In Sanskrit literature, the word is used to indicate a kind of alaṅkāra[1] wherein the sentence gives a meaning entirely different from its direct sense.


  1. Alaṅkāra means the figure of speech.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore