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 disallow (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 For Facebook, the possibility that many people will disallow tracking threatens one of the data streams that make its advertising business so lucrative. NBC News, "Facebook and Apple are in a fight. Your browsing history is in the middle.," 17 Dec. 2020 Attorneys for the family have asked Circuit Judge Jon Morgan to disallow at trial evidence found on the family’s Hixon Avenue property and a vacant lot on Henry J Avenue owned by their youngest son. Cristóbal Reyes, orlandosentinel.com, "Defense urges judge to exclude key evidence in Nicole Montalvo killing," 27 Nov. 2019 With neighboring states imposing gym and gathering restrictions, would Wisconsin – specifically Waukesha County – kill the outdoor gathering of 250 people and disallow it entirely? Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: In a year of canceled races, one event director shows us how it can be done (with help)," 23 Nov. 2020 The complaint asks the court to declare Trump the winner in Nevada or disallow the certification of any presidential electors from the state. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "More claims of wrongdoing, still no evidence: Trump asks judge to throw out questioned ballots or the entire election in Pennsylvania," 20 Nov. 2020 Republicans had sued in a bid to make sure the late-arriving ballots were segregated in the hope that another lawsuit aiming to disallow the state from counting ballots that arrived after Election Day would be successful. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Justice Alito: Mail-in ballots received after Election Day in Pennsylvania must be kept separate," 7 Nov. 2020 If the auditors ultimately disallow Mr. Trump’s $72.9 million federal refund, he will be forced to return that money with interest, and possibly penalties, a total that could exceed $100 million. Russ Buettner, Susanne Craig And Mike Mcintire, New York Times, "Long-Concealed Records Show Trump’s Chronic Losses and Years of Tax Avoidance," 27 Sep. 2020 If the auditors ultimately disallow Trump's $72.9 million federal refund, he will be forced to return that money with interest, and possibly penalties, a total that could exceed $100 million. Russ Buettner, Star Tribune, "Trump's taxes show chronic losses and years of income tax avoidance," 27 Sep. 2020 But after one day, Herbert revised his order to disallow that, saying those are not as effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah governor calls parents ‘irrational’ for refusing to have their kids wear masks at school," 20 Aug. 2020

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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 28 Feb. 2021.

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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 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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