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[dis-bahr] /dɪsˈbɑr/
verb (used with object), disbarred, disbarring.
to expel from the legal profession or from the bar of a particular court.
Origin of disbar
1625-35; dis-1 + bar1
Related forms
disbarment, noun
undisbarred, adjective
debar, suspend, exclude. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Its equivalent would be almost enough to disbar a man in law, or to ruin him in medicine.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
British Dictionary definitions for disbar


verb (transitive) (law) -bars, -barring, -barred
to deprive of the status of barrister; expel from the Bar
Derived Forms
disbarment, noun
Usage note
Disbar is sometimes wrongly used where debar is meant: he was debarred (not disbarred) from attending meetings
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Word Origin and History for disbar

"deprive of the privileges of a barrister," 1630s; see dis- "opposite of" + bar in the legal sense. Related: Disbarred; disbarring; disbarment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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