[ dis-bahr ]
/ dɪsˈbɑr /

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

to expel from the legal profession or from the bar of a particular court.

Nearby words

  1. disaster capitalism,
  2. disastrous,
  3. disavow,
  4. disavowal,
  5. disband,
  6. disbelief,
  7. disbelieve,
  8. disbosom,
  9. disbound,
  10. disbranch

Origin of disbar

First recorded in 1625–35; dis-1 + bar1

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

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British Dictionary definitions for disbarment


/ (dɪsˈbɑː) /

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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