verb (used with object), de·barred, de·bar·ring.
  1. to shut out or exclude from a place or condition: to debar all those who are not members.
  2. to hinder or prevent; prohibit: to debar an action.

Origin of debar

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French, Old French desbarrer to lock out, bar. See de-, bar1
Related formsde·bar·ment, noun

Synonyms for debar

Antonyms for debar

1. admit. 2. permit. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for debarred

Historical Examples of debarred

  • For the present they were debarred from entering the main field of operations.

  • Not that the teacher is to have no liberty from which the scholars are debarred; this would be impossible.

    The Teacher

    Jacob Abbott

  • Then I would be debarred from the Yale team, and your revenge would be complete.

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise

    Burt L. Standish

  • She thought of the little house as of a resting place from which she was to be debarred.

    Mary Gray

    Katharine Tynan

  • This seemed still stranger, because Andrews had not been debarred this privilege.

    Daring and Suffering:

    William Pittenger

British Dictionary definitions for debarred


verb -bars, -barring or -barred
  1. (tr usually foll by from) to exclude from a place, a right, etc; bar
Derived Formsdebarment, noun


See disbar
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Word Origin and History for debarred



early 15c., "to shut out, exclude," from French débarrer, from Old French desbarer (12c., which, however, meant only "to unbar, unbolt," the meaning turned around in French as the de- was felt in a different sense), from des- (see dis-) + barrer "to bar" (see bar (n.1)). Related: Debarment; debarred.

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