dis·​al·​low | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈlau̇ How to pronounce disallow (audio) \
disallowed; disallowing; disallows

Definition of disallow

transitive verb

1 : to deny the force, truth, or validity of
2 : to refuse to allow

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Other Words from disallow

disallowance \ ˌdis-​ə-​ˈlau̇-​ən(t)s How to pronounce disallowance (audio) \ noun

Examples of disallow in a Sentence

The touchdown was disallowed because of a penalty. disallowing the philosophical concept of free will
Recent Examples on the Web The Internal Revenue Service has disallowed more than $531 million in tax credits that were claimed by companies not meeting the requirements, according to the inspector general report. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Treasury watchdog finds hundreds of millions in improperly claimed carbon capture tax credits," 30 Apr. 2020 After a brief burst of Zoom sessions, the NCAA disallowed strength coaches from remotely supervising workouts. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "IU strength coaches using 'virtual weight rooms' to keep athletes fit, engaged during shutdown," 15 Apr. 2020 In an era when dunks were disallowed in games, the Wolverines put on an impressive display of dunking in warm-ups. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Butler hall of famer, ex-Marian coach Ed Schilling Sr. dies following COVID-19 fight," 1 May 2020 When the goal was disallowed moments later, disappointment reigned. Ken Armstrong, ProPublica, "Health Officials Recommended Canceling Events with 10-50 People. Then 33,000 Fans Attended a Major League Soccer Game.," 23 Apr. 2020 When the goal was disallowed moments later, disappointment reigned. Propublica And The Seattle Times, oregonlive, "Why did the Seattle Sounders play on after health officials wanted large events canceled?," 23 Apr. 2020 But Democratic board chairman Damon Circosta sided with two Republicans on the five-member panel, citing the risk of delay after touchscreen-only equipment is disallowed in December. Washington Post, "North Carolina allows bar code ballots despite voter outcry," 23 Aug. 2019 After eBay disallowed hand-sanitizer sales, Del Zio switched his operation over to Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, where new listings are going up every hour. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "The Hand-Sanitizer Hawkers Aren’t Sorry," 11 Mar. 2020 John Carlson had a goal to pull the Capitals within one disallowed for offside following a challenge by Colorado coach Jared Bednar. Ian Quillen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kadri, Rantanen help Avs stay perfect, beat Capitals 6-3," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of disallow

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Disallow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disallow. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of disallow

: to refuse to allow (something) : to officially decide that (something) is not acceptable or valid
dis·​al·​low | \ ˌdi-sə-ˈlau̇ How to pronounce disallow (audio) \

Legal Definition of disallow

1 : to deny the truth, force, or validity of disallowed the deduction disallow a bankruptcy claim
2 : to refuse to allow disallow payment of benefits

Other Words from disallow

disallowance noun

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