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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  • "And disbarment proceedings about to be instituted," finished Latimer.

  • A suit for libel and disbarment proceedings were started against him.

  • Disbarment is an extreme penalty in both countries, inflicted only for moral turpitude amounting usually to crime.

  • "They both tumbled into the lake," fired in a freshman who never should have spoken, but was too new to know of her disbarment.

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    Edith Bancroft

  • "Electrocuted by his own machine rather than face disgrace and disbarment," cut in Craig.

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British Dictionary definitions for disbarment


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 disbarment



"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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