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

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And since 1991, the metal has been disallowed when hunting waterfowl in the United States. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "This lead-poisoned eagle miraculously recovered. Most aren’t so lucky," 26 June 2019 After a four-minute delay — simply inexcusable — even the sharpest observers couldn’t spot the violation that disallowed the goal. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "World Cup’s VAR replay system tarnishes a great event," 25 June 2019 Other scenarios likely to be disallowed include stereotypes of children’s ambitions, for example boys aspiring to be engineers and girls aspiring to be dancers. Billy Perrigo, Time, "The U.K. Just Banned 'Harmful Gender Stereotypes' in Advertising," 14 June 2019 Eight minutes after the goal was disallowed, Renard scored off a corner kick. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Believe the hype. France shows why it's a World Cup favorite with dominant win," 7 June 2019 Griedge Mbock Bathy appeared to score in the 30th minute but the goal was disallowed in a video review, technology also used by FIFA at last year's men's tournament in Russia. Anne M. Peterson, chicagotribune.com, "France opens World Cup with a 4-0 win over South Korea," 7 June 2019 Minnesota Duluth had its first goal disallowed midway through the first period, when officials confirmed the whistle had blown the play dead before Exell poked in his own rebound under goalie Hayden Hawkey, who had appeared to cover up the puck. John Wawrow, The Seattle Times, "Minnesota Duluth beats Providence 4-1 in NCAA semifinals," 11 Apr. 2019 Among this chip's many security features is one that disallows booting from external drives by default. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "How to make your own bootable macOS 10.14 Mojave USB install drive," 24 Sep. 2018 The exception was high-income taxpayers who paid the alternative minimum tax, which disallows state tax deductions. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Treasury Moves to Block New Yorkers’ Path Around Cap on State Tax Deductions," 23 Aug. 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


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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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