dis·al·low | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈlau̇ \

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 \-ən(t)s \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for disallow


decline, deny, disapprove, negative, nix, refuse, reject, reprobate, withhold


allow, concede, grant, let, OK (or okay), permit

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Examples of disallow in a Sentence

The touchdown was disallowed because of a penalty. disallowing the philosophical concept of free will

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Just like the first half, the second started with a goal disallowed by the referees. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Portland Thorns fall to Orlando Pride as winless streak extends to 5 games," 12 May 2018 Cunha disallowed a goal by Iran's Saeid Ezatolahi after an assistant referee and the video assistant signaled the player was offside. Jerome Pugmire, baltimoresun.com, "France vs. Belgium: What you need to know for Tuesday's World Cup semifinal," 9 July 2018 Decisions to disallow a ballot must be unanimous and are final. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "Howard council incumbent seeks recount after two-vote loss," 9 July 2018 Ban also disallowed business or tourist visas for some officials and their families from Venezuela. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Upholds Trump Travel Ban," 26 June 2018 Swansea did have the ball in the net in the game, but Wilfried Bony's finish was disallowed as Jordan Ayew was adjudged to have committed a foul in the build up. SI.com, "Bournemouth vs Swansea City Preview: Previous Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More," 4 May 2018 His clever deflection off a cross from Dani Carvajal was initially disallowed for offside, but the video assistant referee overruled the call at Kaliningrad Stadium. BostonGlobe.com, "Injury-time goal helps Spain clinch Group B at World Cup," 25 June 2018 His clever deflection off a cross from Dani Carvajal was initially disallowed for offside, but the video assistant referee overruled the call at Kaliningrad Stadium. Mike Corder, The Seattle Times, "Spain draws 2-2 with Morocco, reaches World Cup round of 16," 25 June 2018 What would have happened: The handball is spotted on replay, the opening goal is disallowed and Maradona is yellow carded for his sins. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The ‘Hand of God’ Delusion: World Cup History on Further Review," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of disallow

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


transitive verb
dis·al·low | \ ˌdi-sə-ˈlau̇ \

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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