dis·​qual·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ (ˌ)dis-ˌkwä-lə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of disqualification 

1 : something that disqualifies or incapacitates
2 : the act of disqualifying : the state of being disqualified disqualification from office

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On Friday, Walker said that celibacy is not a disqualification for pastor but that ‘‘there are some members who had some issues reaching out to Conroy. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Paul Ryan ousted the House chaplain, and lawmakers want to know why," 27 Apr. 2018 This is hardly a disqualification for the office of district attorney. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "LaHood solicited clients accused of ‘any sexual offense’," 31 Jan. 2018 But in the 77thminute, Sounders center back Chad Marshall upended Sporting Kansas City forward Johnny Russell on a play ultimately sent to video review and ending in a red card disqualification for a dangerous foul. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Inside the referees’ locker room: Hearing directly from officiating crew about Saturday’s controversial red card on Sounders defender Chad Marshall," 4 Sep. 2018 Not all provisional and absentee ballots will count—disqualifications include ineligible voters who weren’t registered properly or ballots mailed after the Aug. 6 deadline. Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "What Comes Next for Ohio’s Tight Special Election?," 8 Aug. 2018 The result of this will be that players will mark their balls with much more frequency, erring on the side of caution rather than risk disqualification or public shame. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "FORE Questions: On Slow Play, 'Backstopping" and Offbeat U.S. Open Storylines," 11 June 2018 Numbers worn by unregistered participants are subject to disqualification. Matt Sabath, ajc, "What You Need to Know Before Running the AJC Peachtree Road Race," 28 June 2018 Additional entries received from any such person or email address thereafter will be subject to disqualification. Union-tribune Rewards, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Enter to Win Two Tickets to San Diego Legion's Inaugural Rugby Season as well as a gift certificate to Hundred Proof!," 11 May 2018 According to the race rules, posting such images can have unintended consequences for runners: If an athlete’s bib number has been swiped by another party, the athlete is subject to disqualification, the rules state. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "It might be hard, but try not to post a picture of your Boston Marathon bib number to social media," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of disqualification

circa 1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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dis·​qual·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ dis-ˌkwä-lə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

Legal Definition of disqualification 

1 : something that disqualifies or incapacitates
2 : the act of disqualifying : state of being disqualified disqualification of a juror for bias

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