- to deprive of qualification or fitness; render unfit; incapacitate.
- to deprive of legal, official, or other rights or privileges; declare ineligible or unqualified.
- Sports. to deprive of the right to participate in or win a contest because of a violation of the rules.
Origin of disqualify
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Examples from the Web for disqualify
And pro-life bloggers wondered if they should “disqualify” Paul from garnering their support in the upcoming presidential primary.Rand Paul’s Plan B for Pro-Life Critics
October 5, 2014
Certainly he will have the resources to outlast, discredit, and disqualify his rivals.Why the GOP Needs a Return to the Bush Leagues
April 21, 2014
It turned out the storm lost just enough power before hitting land to disqualify it from hurricane status.MH370: How Do Insurers Put a Price on Life?
March 26, 2014
Even if it had been his decision, however, it is not something that should disqualify him from serving the public.Republicans Attack Obama DOJ Nominee Who Defended a ‘Cop-Killer’
February 6, 2014
Last month, Israel's Central Elections Committee voted to disqualify Zoabi's candidacy.Hanin Zoabi, Balad And The Jewish Vote
January 21, 2013
The feeling grew, and bade fair to disqualify him for his humble office.A Simpleton
Did not this disqualify the Church as ministers of consolation?Bygones Worth Remembering, Vol. 2 (of 2)
George Jacob Holyoake
What may disqualify any person for admission to the ministry of the Kirk.
True, we must not disqualify Beowulf forthwith because he slew a dragon.Beowulf
R. W. Chambers
If he tears up his card or picks up his ball he'll disqualify himself.Fore!
Charles Emmett Van Loan
- to make unfit or unqualified
- to make ineligible, as for entry to an examination
- to debar (a player or team) from a sporting contest
- to divest or deprive of rights, powers, or privilegesdisqualified from driving
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Word Origin and History for disqualify
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