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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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 As with the Olympic Games, Russia’s athletes will again be competing as part of a neutral delegation, called the Neutral Paralympic Athletes, after a doping scandal resulted in Russia’s disqualification from both the 2018 Olympics and Paralympics. Laignee Barron, Time, "The 2018 Winter Paralympics Kick Off Today in PyeongChang. Here’s How Google Doodle Is Celebrating the Games," 9 Mar. 2018 Even though Ziggler and Rollins’ match ended in a disqualification, which is usually tough to stomach after a match that clocked in at over 27 minutes, the work between the two men was on another level. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "The Week in Wrestling: Who Is The Best World Champion Right Now?," 27 June 2018 Getting the 6-year-old gelding into the winner’s circle required a disqualification of 2-5 favorite Riser. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Dedicated to You wins race at Emerald Downs after 2-5 favorite Riser is disqualified," 24 June 2018 Stiffen the rule to make the punishment a four-stroke penalty, an automatic disqualification or even a suspension. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Phil Mickelson's bizarre U.S. Open breach deserves forgiveness, not scorn. Here's why," 18 June 2018 Because of those disqualifications, the regulator said the company didn’t meet its obligation for that month. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "New York Regulator Says Cable Provider Failed to Expand Broadband Service as Promised," 14 June 2018 The wildest first day from any of Oregon's state golf tournaments belonged to 3A/2A/1A boys, where an electric round by Bandon freshman Scotty Kennon was offset by a string of disqualifications for hitting off the wrong tee. Nick Daschel, OregonLive.com, "State golf fireworks: 3A/2A/1A boys features a 65 by a freshman, and 12 disqualifications," 14 May 2018 Reigns was in two tag team matches on Raw, with both ending in disqualification. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "The Week in Wrestling: AXS TV’s Mark Cuban Hopes for More Live NJPW Specials," 5 July 2018

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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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