verb (used with object), dis·barred, dis·bar·ring.

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 formsdis·bar·ment, nounun·dis·barred, adjective

Synonyms for disbar

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Historical Examples of disbar

  • Its equivalent would be almost enough to disbar a man in law, or to ruin him in medicine.

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British Dictionary definitions for disbar


verb -bars, -barring or -barred (tr) law

to deprive of the status of barrister; expel from the Bar
Derived Formsdisbarment, noun


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 disbar

"deprive of the privileges of a barrister," 1630s; see dis- "opposite of" + bar in the legal sense. Related: Disbarred; disbarring; disbarment.

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