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[dis-kwol-uh-fahy] /dɪsˈkwɒl əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), disqualified, disqualifying.
to deprive of qualification or fitness; render unfit; incapacitate.
to deprive of legal, official, or other rights or privileges; declare ineligible or unqualified.
Sports. to deprive of the right to participate in or win a contest because of a violation of the rules.
Origin of disqualify
1710-20; dis-1 + qualify
Related forms
disqualifiable, adjective
nondisqualifying, adjective
undisqualifiable, adjective
undisqualified, adjective
Can be confused
disqualified, unqualified. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disqualify
  • Some fraternities and sororities already disqualify willing victims from organization membership.
  • They also disqualify people seeking only part-time work-even though many people now work part-time for family reasons.
  • Invigilators warn or disqualify test-takers whose eyes or hands wander in suspicious ways.
  • But these are complex tasks of which tardiness does not disqualify this government.
  • Any subsequent false start would immediately disqualify the athlete in question.
  • Positive drug tests generally disqualify a candidate from a law enforcement position.
  • He moved to disqualify the judge, but the motion was denied.
British Dictionary definitions for disqualify


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to make unfit or unqualified
to make ineligible, as for entry to an examination
to debar (a player or team) from a sporting contest
to divest or deprive of rights, powers, or privileges: disqualified from driving
Derived Forms
disqualifiable, adjective
disqualification, noun
disqualifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for disqualify

1718 (implied in disqualified), from dis- + qualify. Related: Disqualifying.

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