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verb

To denounce or condemn something as dangerous or harmful; to prohibit, forbid.

The public is harmed when lawmakers proscribe the use of a product that has been proved safe and useful. Inevitably, manufacturers will turn to—and consumers will be exposed to—alternatives that are likely to be less well tested. Simply put, [Sen. Diane] Feinstein's bill represents bad science, bad law and disregard for the public interest.

—Henry I. Miller “Stop Scaring Us: Feinstein's Bill to Ban Some Chemicals in Toys Might Help Rats, But It's Bad for People” Los Angeles Times, December 18, 2007

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