Origin of disbar

First recorded in 1625–35; dis-1 + bar1
Related formsdis·bar·ment, nounun·dis·barred, adjective

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verb -bars, -barring or -barred (tr) law
  1. 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 disbarred



"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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