verb (used with object), debarred, debarring.
to shut out or exclude from a place or condition: to debar all those who are not members.
to hinder or prevent; prohibit: to debar an action.

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French, Old French desbarrer to lock out, bar. See de-, bar1

debarment, noun

2. interdict.

1. admit. 2. permit. Unabridged
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debar (dɪˈbɑː)
vb (usually foll by from) , -bars, -barring, -barred
to exclude from a place, a right, etc; bar

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., "to shut out, exclude," from Fr. débarrer, from O.Fr. desbarer (12c., which, however, meant only "to unbar, unbolt," the sense turning around in Fr. as the de- was felt in a different sense), from des- (see dis-) + barrer "to bar" (see
bar (1)). Related: Debarment (1650s); debarred (1630s).
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Example sentences
Debarred from anything on which he had set his heart, he would have gone mad
  with longing if he had not gone mad with rage.
Thus debarred from the pulpit, he turned his thoughts in another direction, and
  began a course of reading on medicine and surgery.
Members, too, of one family may be debarred from using words employed by those
  of another.
From any minute knowledge of his familiar manners, the intervention of sixty
  years has now debarred us.
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