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debar

[dih-bahr]
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verb (used with object), de·barred, de·bar·ring.
  1. to shut out or exclude from a place or condition: to debar all those who are not members.
  2. to hinder or prevent; prohibit: to debar an action.
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Origin of debar

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French, Old French desbarrer to lock out, bar. See de-, bar1
Related formsde·bar·ment, noun

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2. interdict.

Antonyms

1. admit. 2. permit.
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Examples from the Web for debarred

Historical Examples

  • For the present they were debarred from entering the main field of operations.

    The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)

    Various

  • Not that the teacher is to have no liberty from which the scholars are debarred; this would be impossible.

    The Teacher

    Jacob Abbott

  • Then I would be debarred from the Yale team, and your revenge would be complete.

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise

    Burt L. Standish

  • She thought of the little house as of a resting place from which she was to be debarred.

    Mary Gray

    Katharine Tynan

  • This seemed still stranger, because Andrews had not been debarred this privilege.

    Daring and Suffering:

    William Pittenger


British Dictionary definitions for debarred

debar

verb -bars, -barring or -barred
  1. (tr usually foll by from) to exclude from a place, a right, etc; bar
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Derived Formsdebarment, noun

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See disbar
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Word Origin and History for debarred

debar

v.

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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