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verb (used with object)
  1. to refuse to allow; reject; veto: to disallow a claim for compensation.
  2. to refuse to admit the truth or validity of: to disallow the veracity of a report.
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Origin of disallow

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Old French word desallouer. See dis-1, allow
Related formsdis·al·low·a·ble, adjectivedis·al·low·a·ble·ness, noundis·al·low·ance, noun
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Related Words for disallowance

refusal, rejection, repudiation, turndown, ban, inhibition, interdiction, prohibition, restriction, taboo

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Historical Examples of disallowance

  • Owing to the disallowance of the Oaths Bill there was no report from the committee.

    The Canadian Portrait Gallery Volume 3

    John Charles Dent

  • The disallowance is published in Victoria on the 1st of May.

  • As to the disallowance of Colonial bills, see pp. 202-5, ante.

  • Then this statute was passed last year, of which we are now asking the disallowance, and I am going to speak of that briefly.


    N. A. Belcourt

  • The Two-penny Act was good and essential, and its disallowance was a breach of the contract.

    Give Me Liberty

    Thomas J. Wertenbaker

British Dictionary definitions for disallowance


verb (tr)
  1. to reject as untrue or invalid
  2. to cancel
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Derived Formsdisallowable, adjectivedisallowance, noun
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Word Origin and History for disallowance



late 14c., "to refuse to praise," from Old French desalouer "to blame," from des- (see dis-) + alouer (see allow); meaning "to reject" is from 1550s. Related: Disallowed; disallowing; disallowance.

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