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 disbar (audio) \ noun

Examples of disbar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to the letter, Biggs introduced a resolution to censure Pascrell for his efforts to disbar the attorneys on the same day the letter went to Barr. José-ignacio Castañeda Perez, The Arizona Republic, "Reps. Andy Biggs, Debbie Lesko want Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell investigated; he calls move 'pathetic'," 5 Dec. 2020 Senate Bill 178 was amended this month in the House to include language that says an individual who holds the office of attorney general cannot remain in office if he or she is disbarred or suspended for 30 or more days in Indiana. Indystar, Indianapolis Star, "Here's the fate of key bills introduced at the Indiana General Assembly," 15 Mar. 2020 Rejected and disparaged by his role-model brother, disbarred for swindling an elderly woman, Jimmy turns down a chance to make an honest living as a photocopier salesman and steals the would-be employer’s precious Hummel figurine. Hugh Hart, Los Angeles Times, "For Bob Odenkirk, the ‘Better Call Saul’ flash-forwards don’t inspire much hope," 21 Aug. 2019 Moore was disbarred in Ohio in May and in Kentucky in 2016. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Ex-lawyer, disbarred in Ohio in May, arrested on child porn charges," 18 Nov. 2019 The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association asked the Supreme Court earlier this year to permanently disbar King. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Ohio Supreme Court yanks law license of Cleveland attorney convicted in Breaking Bad-inspired money laundering scheme," 19 Nov. 2019 If Hill, a Republican, is disbarred, Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb — who has called for Hill's resignation — would appoint a new attorney general. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "'I felt violated': Curtis Hill accusers recount groping allegations at hearing," 19 Mar. 2019 His supporters have long raised questions about the case that were never broached by his original lawyer, who was later disbarred and acknowledged suffering from a mental impairment during the trial. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "‘They didn’t break me’: German man convicted of Va. double murder freed after 33 years," 17 Dec. 2019 The historically pugnacious attorney, who has since been disbarred, pleaded guilty to coordinating payoffs to buy the silence of adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "'Sold his soul': Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former fixer, asks judge to reduce prison sentence," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of disbar

1633, in the meaning defined above

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“Disbar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disbar. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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