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[dis-bahr] /dɪsˈbɑr/
verb (used with object), disbarred, disbarring.
to expel from the legal profession or from the bar of a particular court.
Origin of disbar
First recorded in 1625-35; dis-1 + bar1
Related forms
disbarment, noun
undisbarred, adjective
debar, suspend, exclude. Unabridged
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  • "And disbarment proceedings about to be instituted," finished Latimer.

    A Man of Two Countries Alice Harriman
  • A suit for libel and disbarment proceedings were started against him.

    The Centralia Conspiracy Ralph Chaplin
  • disbarment is an extreme penalty in both countries, inflicted only for moral turpitude amounting usually to crime.

  • "They both tumbled into the lake," fired in a freshman who never should have spoken, but was too new to know of her disbarment.

    Jane Allen: Center Edith Bancroft
  • "Electrocuted by his own machine rather than face disgrace and disbarment," cut in Craig.

    The Social Gangster Arthur B. Reeve
British Dictionary definitions for disbarment


verb (transitive) (law) -bars, -barring, -barred
to deprive of the status of barrister; expel from the Bar
Derived Forms
disbarment, noun
Usage note
Disbar is sometimes wrongly used where debar is meant: he was debarred (not disbarred) from attending meetings
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Word Origin and History for disbarment



"deprive of the privileges of a barrister," 1630s; see dis- "opposite of" + bar in the legal sense. Related: Disbarred; disbarring; disbarment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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