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
Recent Examples on the Web About 54% of people are in favour of disallowing LGBTQ people from donating organs. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "Many Indians won’t pledge their organs—they want them for their next lives," 6 Nov. 2019 Wolverhampton Wanderers, meanwhile, had two goals disallowed by VAR in the first half as it was held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton at home — although both those decisions appeared correct. Mattias Karen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Spurs stumbles again; Chelsea, Leicester into top 4 in EPL," 19 Oct. 2019 The Jake Debrusk-Krejci-Kuhlman line is stuck on zero goals through six games, though both DeBrusk and Kuhlman saw goals disallowed on close calls last Thursday in Colorado. BostonGlobe.com, "“Tomorrow we’ll see how he is,” coach," 17 Oct. 2019 Pick: Chargers by 8 Colts at Chiefs (-10½): Kansas City remained unbeaten in Week 4 after having one Detroit touchdown disallowed and one Chiefs TD upheld on video review. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop NFL Picks: Week 5," 2 Oct. 2019 The aforementioned study by the NCPPSP found that the number one reason people relinquish their pets is because of moving, while a disallowing landlord is the second. NBC News, "Adopting a pet? Ask yourself these questions first," 12 Sep. 2019 In a strikingly similar turn of events to last season's Champions League quarter-final, Man City were once again denied victory in injury time, defender Aymeric Laporte adjudged to have handled in the buildup to Gabriel Jesus' disallowed goal. SI.com, "Spurs' Dramatic Draw With Man City Fails to Break Worst Streak of Away Form Since 2012," 18 Aug. 2019 The Lancers pressed from there, and had a second goal disallowed in the final minutes because of a penalty. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Boys Soccer: Westminster’s ‘weapon’ works in win over Linganore," 13 Sep. 2019 Conversely, if the tax agency disallows the exemption, Douglas vows that various secular groups could mount a legal challenge on his behalf, without naming specific organizations. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Secular leader in Phoenix area plans to challenge IRS on tax break for clergy, ministers," 7 Aug. 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
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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