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disbar

[dis-bahr] /dɪsˈbɑr/
verb (used with object), disbarred, disbarring.
1.
to expel from the legal profession or from the bar of a particular court.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; dis-1 + bar1
Related forms
disbarment, noun
undisbarred, adjective
Synonyms
debar, suspend, exclude.
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British Dictionary definitions for disbarment

disbar

/dɪsˈbɑː/
verb (transitive) (law) -bars, -barring, -barred
1.
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 disbarment

disbar

v.

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

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Encyclopedia Article for disbarment

the process whereby an attorney is deprived of his license or privileges for failure to carry out his practice in accordance with established standards. Temporary suspension may be employed if some lesser punishment is warranted.

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