- 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
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Examples from the Web for debar
What has she done to debar her from fulfilling the mission which is appointed for every woman?The Hound From The North
It was yet too dark for them to see distinctly, and DeBar struck a match.
DeBar came toward him with the hot bird on the end of his stick.
Inhuman monster, said she; would he debar me of the only satisfaction I have?Memoirs of Miss Sidney Biddulph
I tell you my name is not Debar; and I swear I have not been married.The White Rose of Memphis
William C. Falkner
- (tr usually foll by from) to exclude from a place, a right, etc; bar
Word Origin and History for debar
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.