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 After decades of escaping legal threats over his professional behavior, Cohn was finally disbarred for unethical conduct. Steve Appleford, Los Angeles Times, "The ‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’ documentary director reveals Trump’s Machiavelli," 24 Sep. 2019 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, chicagotribune.com, "For Bob Odenkirk, Saul Goodman’s reptilian brain is to blame for character’s bad behavior," 23 Aug. 2019 Foote ran in 2000 and beat Gustafson, who faced multiple inquiries into her conduct and was later disbarred. oregonlive.com, "Longtime Clackamas County prosecutor says he will run for DA," 8 Aug. 2019 If Hill is disbarred, Gov. Eric Holcomb — who has called for Hill's resignation — would appoint a new attorney general. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Curtis Hill could face discipline: what to know about hearings," 19 Mar. 2019 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

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First Known Use of disbar

1633, in the meaning defined above

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“Disbar.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disbarment?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=disbar02. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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