Definition of disbar in English:


Line breaks: dis¦bar
Pronunciation: /dɪsˈbɑː

verb (disbars, disbarring, disbarred)

[with object]
  • 1Expel (a barrister) from the Bar, so that they no longer have the right to practise law: a disciplinary tribunal directed that he should be disbarred
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    • A lawyer who commits a felony and is disbarred is surely less deserving of our concern than an applicant who committed a similar crime years before studying law.
    • An investigation revealed that 33 defendants sentenced to death had been represented by attorneys who had been disbarred or suspended.
    • He blames his attorney, who was disbarred during the case, for that one.
  • 2Exclude (someone) from something: competitors wearing rings will be disbarred from competition
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    • This immediately disbarred him from continuing on his methadone programme.
    • They would usually pass such reports to the General Teaching Council, who can warn, suspend or disbar teachers.
    • The complaint focused on his unethical efforts to disbar his colleagues from international forums for daring to contradict his views.



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  • So I've been thinking: shouldn't political science have its equivalent to disbarment or excommunication?
  • And it's not a permanent disbarment; it's a chance to start over again and become productive members of society.
  • I'm not sure the disbarment incrementally adds that much more to the punishment he's personally suffered.


mid 16th century (in sense 2): from dis- 'away' + bar1.

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