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 State Bar is in the process of disbarring Mr. Connell. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "A Bay Area attorney was found with 600+ child porn files. A federal judge sentenced him to a year and a day," 4 Sep. 2019 If nothing is filed, he likely would be found liable by default and automatically disbarred. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "State seeks to disbar ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich from practicing law more than 8 years after conviction," 13 Aug. 2019 Thompson, now disbarred by the state of Florida, made a name for himself as a crusader against pornography and video games, and frequently railed against titles including the Grand Theft Auto series. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Joe Lieberman Famously Blamed Video Games for Violence. Now Guns and the Internet Worry Him Even More," 10 Aug. 2019 The State Bar of Texas disbarred Ganesh in August 2018 for professional misconduct. Maria Elena Vizcaino, Dallas News, "Disbarred Dallas attorney who masturbated in front of teens arrested for possible probation violation," 23 July 2019 The first being, Keri was successful in getting Jessica Pearson disbarred. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, "Pearson star Bethany Joy Lenz on the fun of ‘butting heads’ with Gina Torres," 16 July 2019 President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen was disbarred in New York after pleading guilty to lying to Congress about a plan for a Trump Tower project in Moscow. Chris Dolmetsch, Bloomberg.com, "Trump's Former Lawyer Michael Cohen Is Disbarred in New York," 26 Feb. 2019 She has been disbarred for at least 12 years, and reported in a court filing that her income dropped from about $150,000 a year as an attorney to roughly $200 weekly driving for Uber. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Former Bristol council member facing prison term claims her lawyer was ineffective," 21 June 2019 Joyeux, who was nearly disbarred from the medical profession for his views against vaccination, launched a campaign against Infanrix hexa -- the six-in-one children's vaccine -- in 2016. Alex Whiting, CNN, "How France is persuading its citizens to get vaccinated," 3 July 2019

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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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