- to expel from the legal profession or from the bar of a particular court.
Origin of disbar
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debar, suspend, exclude.
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Examples from the Web for disbarred
In the end, Mangum was discredited, Nifong was disbarred, and the state's attorney general proclaimed the boys' innocence.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From a New Book on the Duke Lacrosse Scandal
April 8, 2014
In 1980 she was charged with professional incompetence and practising without chambers; she was disbarred three years later.The Week in Death: Clarissa Dickson Wright, One of ‘Two Fat Ladies’
March 22, 2014
He withheld the salaries of parliamentarians who refused to rubberstamp his laws, and lawyers who challenged him were disbarred.Forget Kim Jong Un—China’s New Favorite Dictator Is Belarus’s Aleksandr Lukashenko.
January 28, 2014
When Chen Guangcheng was tried in court in 2006, his lawyers were beaten, detained, and disbarred.Chinese Dissident Chen Guangcheng’s Nephew Faces Assault Charges
October 13, 2012
According to one report, their lawyer was disbarred two years after their case was lost for "lack of diligence" in other cases.The Scott Sisters' Life Sentence for $11
December 31, 2010
After their marriage the dentist is disbarred from practice.A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays
His behaviour was so extreme that in 1874 he was disbenched and disbarred by his Inn.
"I am disbarred, I have no trade, I cannot dig, to beg——" he paused in the citation.The Wrecker
Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
By reason of his physique he was disbarred from mere manual labor, and that haven of the failure—the army.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
Such an admission made by a lawyer would be ground for having him disbarred.Twentieth Century Socialism
- to deprive of the status of barrister; expel from the Bar
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 disbarred
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