dis·​bar | \ dis-ˈbär How to pronounce disbar (audio) \
disbarred; disbarring; disbars

Definition of disbar

transitive verb

: to expel from the bar or the legal profession : deprive (an attorney) of legal status and privileges

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Other Words from disbar

disbarment \ dis-​ˈbär-​mənt How to pronounce disbarment (audio) \ noun

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The justices decide whether to suspend or disbar attorneys found to have committed acts of professional misconduct or who are convicted of serious crimes. Washington Post, "California Supreme Court approves ban on attorney-client sex," 10 May 2018 Justices Susan Owens and Sheryl Gordon McCloud are running unopposed after their opponents were bounced from the ballot because they were disbarred lawyers. Austin Jenkins, The Seattle Times, "Gonzalez vs. Choi: How much will a name help — or hurt — in a race for Washington State Supreme Court?," 31 Oct. 2018 The crusading Durham District Attorney, Mike Nifong who cooked evidence and raced to prosecute was disbarred and convicted of contempt for his actions. Fox News, "Ingraham: The rush to judgment and injustice for Kavanaugh," 18 Sep. 2018 Jose Vega, 53, was disbarred from practicing law in Louisiana in 2012, according to his arrest warrant. Emily Lane, NOLA.com, "Man accused of posing as lawyer, bilking employees of Sidney Torres' former Bahamas resort," 22 May 2018 Nurmi was disbarred as a result of the charges; proceedings continue against Martinez. Michael Kiefer, azcentral, "Jodi Arias can't file murder appeal in secrecy, Arizona Court of Appeals rules," 3 July 2018 Privacy - Terms The Florida Bar sought to disbar Roman. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "Bogus lawsuits are getting this Miami lawyer booted from the legal profession," 12 July 2018 The court said that was not enough punishment and that Coulter must be disbarred. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Court disbars lawyer who represented Atlanta art collector," 18 June 2018 Schlossberg’s law office has since been flooded with negative reviews online, as well as calls for him to be disbarred. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A white lawyer threatened to call ICE on Spanish-speaking restaurant workers. Twitter is tearing him apart.," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of disbar

1633, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of disbar

: to take away the right of (a lawyer) to work in the legal profession
dis·​bar | \ dis-ˈbär How to pronounce disbar (audio) \

Legal Definition of disbar

: to expel from the bar or the legal profession : deprive (an attorney) of a license to practice law usually for engaging in unethical or illegal practices — compare debar

Other Words from disbar

disbarment noun

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