dis·​al·​low | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈlau̇ \
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 \ -​ən(t)s \ 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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Fortunately for Bird, Vergne had to start from the back of the grid, both Techeetahs having had their qualifying times disallowed for using too much energy. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula E ends its season—and an era—in Brooklyn," 18 July 2018 Ivan Savvidis stormed the field as PAOK was playing AEK Athens in Thessaloniki, in northern Greece, after a referee disallowed a goal from Fernando Varela, a central defender for PAOK. Iliana Magra, New York Times, "After Team Owner Charges Field Carrying a Gun, Greek Soccer League Suspends All Matches," 12 Mar. 2018 Abstractism shows a relatively clear case of the kind of troll-like and malicious content that Valve will disallow, as the company's quick action here shows. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Valve removes Steam game after allegations of hidden cryptocurrency miner [Updated]," 31 July 2018 However, there is no guarantee the four-way battle royale will continue if the merger is disallowed, said Roslyn Layton, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "T-Mobile and Sprint execs tell senators merger would improve, not hurt, competition," 27 June 2018 Aspas's winner, initially disallowed but awarded after intervention from the Video Assistant Referee, saw Spain stumble into the last 16 as group winners. Patrick Galey, chicagotribune.com, "Last-gasp Aspas sees Spain draw 2-2 with Morocco," 25 June 2018 The company made the move after the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission made a ruling to disallow certain income-tax allowances for the MLP structures. Vipal Monga, WSJ, "Enbridge to Sell 19 Gas Plants to Brookfield for $3.7 Billion," 4 July 2018 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

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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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to deny responsibility for

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