dis·​qual·​i·​fy | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī How to pronounce disqualify (audio) \
disqualified; disqualifying; disqualifies

Definition of disqualify

transitive verb

1 : to deprive of the required qualities, properties, or conditions : make unfit
2 : to deprive of a power, right, or privilege
3 : to make ineligible for a prize or for further competition because of violations of the rules

Examples of disqualify in a Sentence

His poor eyesight disqualified him from becoming a pilot.
Recent Examples on the Web Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any Participant who submits a Submission that does not meet the Submission Requirements as determined by Promoter. TIME.com, "Terms and Conditions: TIME’s 2021 Best Inventions Search," 26 Apr. 2021 The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed to take up a Trump lawsuit that seeks to disqualify more than 200,000 ballots in the state, a case dismissed earlier by a circuit court judge. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Wisconsin Supreme Court takes up Trump lawsuit seeking to disqualify hundreds of thousands of ballots," 11 Dec. 2020 The filings, made late Tuesday, come as the state's highest court is weighing Trump's request to disqualify more than 221,000 ballots in Milwaukee and Dane counties. Arkansas Online, "Wisconsin governor calls Trump lawsuit an 'assault'," 2 Dec. 2020 Two lawsuits from others seeking to disqualify ballots in Wisconsin were filed last week with the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which has not taken action. Scott Bauer, Anchorage Daily News, "Wisconsin certifies Joe Biden as winner following recount," 1 Dec. 2020 Instead, the campaign said itseeks to disqualify defective ballots among the 1.5 million cast in seven counties with high Democratic Party enrollments. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "Trump carries on fight to overturn Pennsylvania's election even as his administration green-lights Biden transition," 24 Nov. 2020 And in Philadelphia, the largest county, the city commissioners certified the results on Monday night after the state’s Supreme Court rejected a Republican request to disqualify the 8,000 absentee ballots. Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "Trump Administration Approves Start of Formal Transition to Biden," 23 Nov. 2020 His team is seeking to disqualify ballots where election clerks filled in missing address information on the certification envelope where the ballot is inserted, even though the practice has long been accepted in Wisconsin. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Wisconsin officials: Trump observers obstructing recount," 21 Nov. 2020 But Justices Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch said the court should take up the case after the election and decide whether to disqualify ballots received after the election. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Trump campaign legal challenges to voting results seem unlikely to make headway," 4 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of disqualify

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of disqualify

: to stop or prevent (someone) from doing, having, or being a part of something


dis·​qual·​i·​fy | \ dis-ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī How to pronounce disqualify (audio) \
disqualified; disqualifying

Kids Definition of disqualify

: to make or declare not fit to have, do, or take part in The judges disqualified the runner from the race.


transitive verb
dis·​qual·​i·​fy | \ dis-ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī How to pronounce disqualify (audio) \
disqualified; disqualifying

Legal Definition of disqualify

1 : to deprive of the required qualities, properties, or conditions a financial interest in the case that disqualified the judge
2 : to deprive of a right or privilege especially after a hearing misconduct that disqualified the employee from receiving unemployment benefits

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