disqualify

verb dis·qual·i·fy \ (ˌ)dis-ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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

  1. His poor eyesight disqualified him from becoming a pilot.

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First Known Use of disqualify

1701


DISQUALIFY Defined for English Language Learners

disqualify

verb

Definition of disqualify for English Language Learners

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


DISQUALIFY Defined for Kids

disqualify

verb dis·qual·i·fy \ dis-ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī \

Definition of disqualify for Students

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

Law Dictionary

disqualify

transitive verb dis·qual·i·fy \ dis-ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī \

legal Definition of disqualify

disqualified; disqualifying
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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