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 This was going to systematically put Black and brown people at a lower priority or even disqualify them from access to these life-saving therapies. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Why Racism, Not Race, Is a Risk Factor for Dying of COVID-19," 12 June 2020 But only the courts can disqualify someone from serving based on factors listed in the California Code of Civil Procedure, said Blaine Corren, public affairs analyst for the Judicial Council of California. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, "Fact check: California does not allow noncitizens to vote in elections," 12 June 2020 Over the past few years, the administration has rolled out several policies to disqualify most U.S.-bound migrants from asylum, including those who traveled through a third country, like Mexico, to reach the southern border. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "New Trump rule would redefine who qualifies for asylum and refuge on U.S. soil," 11 June 2020 An affirmative determination would then disqualify them. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Grammy Awards drop the word 'urban' from all but one category, among other changes," 10 June 2020 Brandon Paasch's runner-up finish was disqualified because his bike was underweight. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The motorcycle master of Road America finishes off a near-perfect weekend with no one on hand to watch," 31 May 2020 Her victory caps off a somewhat troubled season for the long-running, Emmy-winning show: In March, drag queen Sherry Pie (real name: Joey Gugliemelli) was disqualified from the competition following multiple catfishing allegations. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "'RuPaul's Drag Race' crowns Season 12 winner in vibrant, virtual finale," 30 May 2020 His lawyer Bruce Cutler, who had gotten Gotti acquitted in three previous federal trials, was disqualified because he was overheard on tapes that prosecutors planned to introduce in the latest case. Sam Roberts, BostonGlobe.com, "Albert Krieger, a bulldog of the criminal defense bar, dies at 96," 29 May 2020 For instance, renters with savings equivalent to three months of rent or more are disqualified. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "92% of Arizona rent relief hasn't gone to renters," 15 May 2020

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First Known Use of disqualify

1701, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Disqualify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disqualify. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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.


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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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