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

Examples of disbar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fegen was later disbarred for mishandling several client accounts and has since resurfaced as a professional magician. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: WeWork carries Silicon Valley’s ‘unicorn’ craze to its absurd limits," 12 Sep. 2019 Researchers have found that women in law are disbarred at almost twice the rate men are in the event of a violation. Reshma Saujani, Fortune, "Girls Who Code CEO: Men Need to Be Brave in the Service of Women," 20 Aug. 2019 North Carolina’s attorney general declared the players innocent, the prosecutor was disbarred for misconduct and the accuser was later convicted of murdering her boyfriend. Jason Deparle, New York Times, "How Stephen Miller Seized the Moment to Battle Immigration," 17 Aug. 2019 Former San Diego Charger Ron Mix — who studied law while butting heads with defensive linemen across the National Football League and played his way into the Pro Football Hall of Fame — has been disbarred by the State Bar of California. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ron Mix, San Diego Chargers standout turned lawyer, has been disbarred," 27 Aug. 2019 The lawsuit, in which Kelsey is representing himself even though he was disbarred after his conviction, comes as the BSA has been battling hundreds of other lawsuits around the country as former scouts have come forward with abuse allegations. NBC News, "A Boy Scout leader sang 'Hakuna Matata' while naked. The organization didn't investigate, suit says," 14 Sep. 2019 Practitioners can be suspended and disbarred from practicing before the IRS. Julie Jason, The Mercury News, "Jason: Key points to consider when choosing an accountant," 19 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of disbar

1633, in the meaning defined above

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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of disbar was in 1633

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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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