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I'm trying to find a word meaning "you can't do that" or "you're not allowed".

I thought of impossibility but I do not want it in the sense of being impossible, but in the sense of not being allowed to.


The Sneak Out automatically provides you with a guilty conscience and the impossibility of telling people who you saw.

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In your case I'd go with inability.

inability (n): lack of ability; lack of power, capacity, or means: his inability to make decisions

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I suppose I will also have to change the verb tense of "telling", i.e., inability to tell instead of inability of telling – djeidot Oct 10 '11 at 23:23
you are correct. - have an upvote – jim Oct 10 '11 at 23:25
No, the OP wants a word that means you're not allowed to do this, not you're unable to do it. – user16269 Mar 24 '12 at 1:22

The adjective forbidden means:

not allowed; prohibited: a forbidden food in his religion.

The noun form of this is forbiddenness. Another option (which is synonymous) is prohibition.

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With some reorganization of your sentence, you can use words like faux pas, verboten, taboo, forbidden, and gauche.

For example: "... and then it would be verboten / gauche / taboo / socially forbidden / a faux pas / a gaffe to reveal who you saw."

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How about "bar"

The Sneak Out automatically provides you with a guilty conscience and bars you from telling people who you saw.

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The question asked for a noun; "bars," as you've used it, is a verb. – ect Oct 11 '11 at 1:12
@ect: The example used a noun, but the OP didn't make any such restriction. – Codie CodeMonkey Oct 11 '11 at 11:33

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