dis·​qual·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ (ˌ)dis-ˌkwä-lə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce disqualification (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Maximum Security’s disqualification in the Kentucky Derby was also honored as the sport’s moment of the year. David Harten, The Courier-Journal, "Bricks and Mortar pulls off an Eclipse Awards sweep," 24 Jan. 2020 The loss of life and estate would often be virtually included in a sentence which, in its terms, imported nothing more than dismission from a present, and disqualification for a future, office. James Freeman, WSJ, "Schiff, Hamilton and Impeachment," 23 Jan. 2020 According to Abukaram’s cousin Zobaida, who posted about the disqualification in an Instagram and Facebook post, Noor was surprised to see her scores weren’t counted as she was allowed to finish the race. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Teen Noor Abukaram Was Reportedly Disqualified From a Cross-Country Match Because of Her Hijab," 24 Oct. 2019 Last year, Agnes Chow of Demosisto, a party which had advocated self-determination, was prevented from running in a by-election to fill a seat left empty after the disqualification of Nathan Law, also of Demosisto. The Economist, "The voice of Hong Kong’s revolution speaks," 30 July 2019 Game Winner, who won the Eclipse Award as best 2-year-old and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, hasn’t run since the Kentucky Derby, where he was awarded fifth place after the disqualification of Maximum Security. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Bob Baffert’s Game Winner is the big favorite in Los Alamitos Derby," 12 July 2019 The Belmont capped an entertaining Triple Crown highlighted by the disqualification of Maximum Security in the Kentucky Derby. Tom Canavan, Houston Chronicle, "Another Triple Crown surprise: Sir Winston takes Belmont Stakes," 8 June 2019 For the first time in a history that dates to the Grant administration, the 2019 Kentucky Derby was settled by the stewards after lengthy deliberations and a controversial disqualification. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Top 10 Kentucky sports stories of the decade: from a stripper scandal to a Triple Crown," 23 Dec. 2019 No room for mistakes Hector Garzo, who was relegated to fourth in the title race after a disqualification in the penultimate race, noted the frenetic nature of the contests. Jonathan Hawkins, CNN, "MotoE's electric dream on track as debut season closes," 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of disqualification

circa 1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Disqualification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disqualification. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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