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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