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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Actually, traffic signs at northbound Howe at Ohio 82 had already disallowed turns on red from both right-turn lanes. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Strongsville officially bans right turns on red at Howe Road and Ohio 82," 13 Aug. 2019 Courts have disallowed the exam from being used as evidence. Christian Sheckler, ProPublica, "The Questionable Conviction, and Re-Conviction, of Ricky Joyner," 20 July 2019 Colombia started the game brightly, with a goal for Roger Martinez disallowed for offside after only five minutes, followed by James Rodriguez directing a free header wide only eight minutes later. SI.com, "Copa America Roundup: Lionel Messi Rescues Point for Argentina as Albiceleste Continue to Disappoint," 20 June 2019 Nearly every state has disallowed benefits to employees who are on strike. Ken Girardin, WSJ, "New York’s Subsidy for Striking Unions," 20 May 2019 At the end of his graduate career, the federal government disallowed any further research on psychedelic drugs. Michelle Pitcher, The Mercury News, "Panel discussion promises to be surreal, sublime and psychedelic," 6 Sep. 2019 Because on Saturday evening Tottenham Hotspur were so nearly robbed of a point at the Etihad Stadium, but weren't, because VAR came to the aid of the referee to disallow Gabriel Jesus' last minute goal. SI.com, "90min's Definitive European Power Rankings: Week 2," 23 Aug. 2019 Local authorities, unusually, disallowed the event; police warned that attendees risked up to two years in jail. The Economist, "Why Macau is impervious to the turmoil in Hong Kong," 22 Aug. 2019 The United States’ semifinal victory over England involved a pair of questionable VAR reviews, one disallowing an England goal for a razor-thin offsides infraction, another granting an iffy England penalty in the closing minutes. Robert O'connell, The Atlantic, "The World Cup’s Instant-Replay Problem," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of disallow

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of disallow was in the 15th century

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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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