- 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 debarred
For the present they were debarred from entering the main field of operations.
Not that the teacher is to have no liberty from which the scholars are debarred; this would be impossible.The Teacher
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
This seemed still stranger, because Andrews had not been debarred this privilege.Daring and Suffering:
- (tr usually foll by from) to exclude from a place, a right, etc; bar
Word Origin and History for debarred
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.