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[dih-bahr] /dɪˈbɑr/
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.
Origin of debar
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French, Old French desbarrer to lock out, bar. See de-, bar1
Related forms
debarment, noun
2. interdict.
1. admit. 2. permit. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for debarred
  • 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.
  • Two people whose children have intermarried are also debarred from mentioning each other's names.
  • 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.
  • debarred or disqualified investigators cannot engage in certain activities related to clinical research.
British Dictionary definitions for debarred


verb -bars, -barring, -barred
(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 debarred



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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