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.

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Shabbaz Sharif is also running for a seat and has not been charged with any crime that would disqualify him. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Pakistan court convicts former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in corruption case," 6 July 2018 The Office of Refugee Resettlement, an arm of the Department of Health and Human Services, records the citizenship status of sponsor applicants, but the information is not used to disqualify potential sponsors. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs, baltimoresun.com, "'There’s a family here waiting for them': Baltimore woman wants to take in granddaughter separated at border," 21 June 2018 Anybody who decides to do it, or decides to go to Mars, by virtue of that means they’re disqualified to be president or go to Mars. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Microsoft is more valuable than Apple again. Why?," 30 Nov. 2018 John Sandweg, a former acting director of ICE, said a serious criminal record can hurt an asylum claim but doesn't disqualify someone from withholding of removal. Christopher Weber And Elliot Spagat, Fox News, "Man with long immigration record is charged with killings," 28 Sep. 2018 The alleged cartel is accused of steering contracts with the state of Rio and a medical institute to members of the group, while working to disqualify competitors. BostonGlobe.com, "GE’s Latin America CEO arrested in Brazil health care fraud probe," 5 July 2018 Other recommendations include: automatically disqualifying a person with mental illness from receiving the death penalty. requiring a judge to determine pretrial if a defendant is intellectually disabled, making them exempt. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Pennsylvania's death penalty needs a radical rethinking, long-awaited report finds," 25 June 2018 Their goal was to find evidence to disqualify the studies. Margo Oge, Fortune, "Scott Pruitt Is Trying to Pull a Disappearing Act on Science. Here’s How It Would Impact Your Health," 25 June 2018 His selections were passed along to jail officials, who weeded out those with troubled backgrounds while in jail, though facing violent charges didn’t necessarily disqualify applicants, officials said. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, "Cook County inmates call new jail recording studio 'a blessing'; officials hope it reduces recidivism," 24 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 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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