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verb (used with object), dis·qual·i·fied, dis·qual·i·fy·ing.
  1. to deprive of qualification or fitness; render unfit; incapacitate.
  2. to deprive of legal, official, or other rights or privileges; declare ineligible or unqualified.
  3. Sports. to deprive of the right to participate in or win a contest because of a violation of the rules.

Origin of disqualify

First recorded in 1710–20; dis-1 + qualify
Related formsdis·qual·i·fi·a·ble, adjectivenon·dis·qual·i·fy·ing, adjectiveun·dis·qual·i·fi·a·ble, adjectiveun·dis·qual·i·fied, adjective
Can be confuseddisqualified unqualified
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verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to make unfit or unqualified
  2. to make ineligible, as for entry to an examination
  3. to debar (a player or team) from a sporting contest
  4. to divest or deprive of rights, powers, or privilegesdisqualified from driving
Derived Formsdisqualifiable, adjectivedisqualification, noundisqualifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for disqualify

1718 (implied in disqualified), from dis- + qualify. Related: Disqualifying.

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