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

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 In February, a New York judge ruled Trump and two of his children — Ivanka and Donald Jr. — would have to testify in the civil fraud investigation, summarily rejecting the former president's request to disallow subpoenas. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2022 In regular session, the council heard and denied an appeal of the Planning Commission to disallow the conversion of a Jack-in-the-Box restaurant at 1967 San Elijo Ave. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Feb. 2022 The rules disallow a foreign tax credit or deduction for foreign income taxes that are attributable to income that is section 245A(d) income or noninclusion income of the recipient domestic corporation or the paying foreign corporation. Carrie Brandon Elliott, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 While awards shows continue to disallow Wallen to attend ceremonies, country radio has welcomed Wallen back to their playlists after briefly banning his music from rotation. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 28 Oct. 2021 Only if they are audited will that decision be questioned, and to disallow any iffy deductions, the IRS must engage in a complex act of mind-reading. Paul Kiel, ProPublica, 8 Dec. 2021 Sometimes what company founders want, in this case to pledge shares, is at odds with what board members and shareholders want, which is to disallow pledging. John Hyatt, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 This provision would permanently disallow business losses in excess of business income for non-corporate taxpayers and make excess business losses for a year subject to the limitation in the following year. Ashlea Ebeling, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 That would take away or disallow some impulsiveness. Brent Lang, Variety, 10 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of disallow

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 May 2022

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“Disallow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disallow. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for disallow


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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