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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In recent months, both Amazon and Google have disallowed a practice called domain-fronting, which allowed apps like Wickr to forward their traffic through the larger network as a way of evading censorship. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Wickr has a new plan for dodging internet blocks," 23 Aug. 2018 The new tax law, however, disallows a business deduction for sports tickets. WSJ, "Let the Market Lead on Sports Ticket Prices," 16 July 2018 Moments into the second half, striker Bobby Wood had a goal disallowed for a narrow offside, much to the relief of France’s defense. BostonGlobe.com, "US soccer team ties France in friendly," 9 June 2018 However, during the 90 minutes Spain had seen a goal disallowed after alleged shirt pulling in the penalty area. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 4 Weeks to Go - Remembering South Korea's Tarnished Run to the 2002 Semis," 28 May 2018 In the potential title decider between PAOK and AEK Athens, a late goal was disallowed, leading to the uproar involving Savvidis and his foray onto the field. Fox News, "Owner of Greek soccer team apologizes after running onto field with holstered gun to protest goal," 13 Mar. 2018 But the goal was disallowed because of a high stick after a review. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Great Lakes Invitational title: Bowling Green beats Michigan Tech, 4-1," 2 Jan. 2018 Insurance companies favor associations that disallow charcoal grills on balconies with better premium rates, Carnahan added. Pamela Dittmer Mckuen, chicagotribune.com, "Pools, grills, pets: Summertime considerations for community associations," 13 July 2017 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

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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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noxious or harmful

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