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disqualify

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Pronunciation: /dɪsˈkwɒlɪfʌɪ
 
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Definition of disqualify in English:

verb (disqualifies, disqualifying, disqualified)

[with object]
1Declare (someone) ineligible for an office, activity, or competition because of an offence or infringement: he was disqualified from driving for six months she was disqualified after failing a drugs test (as adjective disqualified) he was hit by a disqualified driver
More example sentences
  • A military appointing authority could choose to disqualify any panel member for good cause.
  • A court can disqualify directors for between two and 15 years for unfit conduct.
  • His words were not considered serious enough to refer to a national Administration Panel, which has the power to disqualify councillors from office for a fixed period of up to five years.
Synonyms
1.1(Of a feature or characteristic) make (someone) unsuitable for an office or activity: a heart murmur disqualified him for military service
More example sentences
  • I don't see how either of those aspects would technically disqualify me from an unwanted job at a pet store, so I had some hope left.
  • The human element disqualifies science from the equation, and the bottom line is, the only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.
  • If you want narrow dogma, how about the plight of a major political party in which being pro-life disqualifies you from seeking national office because special interests forbid it?
Synonyms
exclude, declare ineligible, rule out, preclude, disentitle
archaic unfit

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