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debar

[dih-bahr] /dɪˈbɑr/
verb (used with object), debarred, debarring.
1.
to shut out or exclude from a place or condition:
to debar all those who are not members.
2.
to hinder or prevent; prohibit:
to debar an action.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French, Old French desbarrer to lock out, bar. See de-, bar1
Related forms
debarment, noun
Synonyms
2. interdict.
Antonyms
1. admit. 2. permit.
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Examples for debar
  • She could not have committed the crime single-handed, but the reasons against that did not debar her from being an accomplice.
British Dictionary definitions for debar

debar

/dɪˈbɑː/
verb -bars, -barring, -barred
1.
(transitive) usually foll by from. to exclude from a place, a right, etc; bar
Derived Forms
debarment, noun
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Word Origin and History for debar
v.

early 15c., "to shut out, exclude," from French débarrer, from Old French desbarer (12c., which, however, meant only "to unbar, unbolt," the meaning turned around in French as the de- was felt in a different sense), from des- (see dis-) + barrer "to bar" (see bar (n.1)). Related: Debarment; debarred.

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