dis·​qual·​i·​fy | \(ˌ)dis-ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī \

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.

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This standard would disqualify virtually every U.N. member. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Lee A. Casey, WSJ, "Saudi Probe Is Not a Job For the U.N.," 23 Oct. 2018 But the mere possibility is highly troubling — andif the hack allowed access to any other sites, Facebook should be disqualified from acting as your sign-on service. Farhad Manjoo, The Seattle Times, "Why you shouldn’t use Facebook to log in to other sites and apps," 2 Oct. 2018 In July 2017, the Pakistani Supreme Court disqualified Sharif from office over corruption allegations. Zarar Khan, Fox News, "Pakistan court suspends prison sentence, frees ex-PM Sharif," 19 Sep. 2018 Trump's lead Russia lawyer argued that Strzok's testimony defending himself and that text should disqualify the Mueller probe and end it. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Peter Strzok, the symbol of whatever you want him to be in the Russia investigation," 13 July 2018 The 68-year-old Sharif remains banned from politics, but Friday’s verdict also disqualifies his daughter, who had emerged as a possible prime ministerial candidate. Aoun Sahi, latimes.com, "Former Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif sentenced to prison in corruption case that could tilt coming election," 6 July 2018 The agency uses those disclosures to determine whether pharma backing during or before a meeting should disqualify an adviser. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018 Officials still must review the signatures to determine how many are from valid Arizona voters, and opponents could file legal challenges to try to throw out enough signatures to disqualify the effort. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "#InvestInEd collects 110,000 more signatures than needed for education tax initiative, organizers say," 5 July 2018 That trio was at Santa Anita on May 6, when Achira was not disqualified for drifting way out in the stretch and possibility compromising the run of Helen Hillary. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Los Alamitos puts its first day of the meeting in the books," 29 June 2018

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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 \
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 \
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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