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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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  • Upon inquiry I found the lawyer was but just disbarred for some malpractice; and the discovery added excessively to my disquiet.

    The Wrecker Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
  • His behaviour was so extreme that in 1874 he was disbenched and disbarred by his Inn.

  • If the thing became known I should probably be disbarred and lose my overalls for it.

  • 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
  • And once more my disbarred lawyer dropped into poetry: "Roll on, thou deep and dark blue ocean, roll!"

    The Wrecker Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
British Dictionary definitions for disbarred


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 disbarred



"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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