- to refuse to allow; reject; veto: to disallow a claim for compensation.
- to refuse to admit the truth or validity of: to disallow the veracity of a report.
Origin of disallow
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Examples from the Web for disallow
I refuse to disallow the Palestinians the right to their pain or their narrative, either.
I refuse to disallow my people our right to our pain, or to our joy.
In each and every case Congress reserved the right to disallow these laws.Union and Democracy
Had ancient times conspired to disallow What then was new, what had been ancient now?Essay on Man
Those we took from the cities have been awarded; we cannot disallow the awards that have been made already.The Iliad
He prohibits unions which the Word of God does not disallow.Pabo, The Priest
Now if you admit this, you disallow the Protagorean doctrine.
- to reject as untrue or invalid
- to cancel
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Word Origin and History for disallow
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