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[dih-bahr] /dɪˈbɑr/
verb (used with object), debarred, debarring.
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
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French, Old French desbarrer to lock out, bar. See de-, bar1
Related forms
debarment, noun
2. interdict.
1. admit. 2. permit. Unabridged
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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.

  • 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
  • Why have American meats been debarred at times from European markets?

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
  • Not many years since, strangers were debarred from using this passage.

    In Eastern Seas J. J. Smith
  • They were not debarred from becoming members of the great societies.

    Through Finland in Carts Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
  • Why was she, because she was a girl and an heiress, to be debarred from her own happiness?

  • She was expiring, and yet I was debarred the small comfort of weeping by her.

    The Vicar of Wakefield Oliver Goldsmith
British Dictionary definitions for debarred


verb -bars, -barring, -barred
(transitive) usually foll by from. to exclude from a place, a right, etc; bar
Derived Forms
debarment, noun
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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.

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