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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But the referee used the Video Assistant Referee to disallow the goal. Ivan Orozco, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Defense lets Xolos down at Necaxa," 31 Aug. 2019 Wang Yan forced a fine save from Laura Giuliani while the Steel Roses also hit the woodwork before the break, though replays showed a goal would have been disallowed for offside. George Ramsay And Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Late Netherlands penalty breaks Japan's hearts at Women's World Cup," 25 June 2019 The biggest play in this game was the referee’s decision with 13:36 to play to disallow what would have been Sam Reinhart’s second goal of the game. Tom Canavan, The Seattle Times, "Schneider makes 45 saves in leading Devils over Sabres 3-1," 25 Mar. 2019 Mr Hernández’s Machiavellian masterpiece was to position himself to run for re-election, which was disallowed by the constitution until 2015, and then to win in 2017. The Economist, "The humbling of Honduras’s president, Juan Orlando Hernández," 2 Aug. 2019 By the time Dyson scored, Lentz had already waved his hand, disallowing the run. Drake Hills, azcentral, "David Peralta pinch-hits in return to Diamondbacks, 'ready for anything' after shoulder injury," 24 July 2019 White had another goal, which would have been her second of the night, disallowed by VAR in the 67th. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Only arrogant if you can't back it up and US women do, advancing to World Cup final," 2 July 2019 Among other incidents, there was an elbow to the jaw, an allegation of spitting and two refusals to restart the game after one goal was awarded and another disallowed. Cindy Boren, The Denver Post, "England manager on Cameroon’s histrionics at World Cup: “That wasn’t football”," 23 June 2019 That solution is nonsensical, plagued by infinities and disallowed by quantum laws — obvious signs, according to no-boundary’s defenders, to walk the other way. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Debate Hawking’s Idea That the Universe Had No Beginning," 6 June 2019

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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 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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