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

Examples of disqualification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The disqualification of Medina Spirit elevated Essential Quality to third, but that did not change the outcome for bettors. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 3 May 2022 The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission announced the news on Monday, adding that Medina Spirit's legendary trainer, Bob Baffert, will face a 90-day suspension and $7,500 fine following the disqualification. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 21 Feb. 2022 Additionally, Cane filed a notice of disqualification of Clark County Superior Court Judge John Fairgrieve, who set Segura’s bail. oregonlive, 9 Feb. 2022 But the disqualification of any athlete from a medal-winning team — a regular occurrence in other Olympic sports — mean the loss of that athlete’s points. New York Times, 9 Feb. 2022 According to the initial report, the elections were marked by an excessive use of state resources in the campaign, unequal access to the media, voter coercion on election day and the arbitrary disqualification of opposition candidates. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2021 Dissidents and some reformists boycotted over the disqualification of several potentially strong rival candidates. Harold Maass, The Week, 22 June 2021 If the result comes back positive, a hearing will be held with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, which could lead to disqualification of the horse and a suspension and fine against Baffert. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2021 His disqualification comes days after the U.K. government sanctioned Abramovich and several other Russian oligarchs over their ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Forbes Staff Reports, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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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 18 May. 2022.

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

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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