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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But in recent years, basketball has been growing in popularity throughout the country, which this year was disqualified from its first international tournament in 37 years amid questions about the nationality of its players. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Haiti hoped this competition would be its basketball comeback. Then came bad news," 5 July 2018 Wheeler may also continue Pruitt’s work of disqualifying air pollution science from being used at the agency; ignoring environmental justice; weakening oversight of toxic chemicals; and declining to prosecute polluters for environmental crimes. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Scott Pruitt Is Gone. His Assault on the Environment Continues.," 5 July 2018 Lauten on Friday also denied Weeden’s motion to disqualify State Attorney Brad King from the case. Gal Tziperman Lotan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Prosecutor can stay on Markeith Loyd case, but lead defense attorney is dismissed," 29 June 2018 Willem Belli, meanwhile, appeared on season four of Drag Race in 2012, but was controversially disqualified from the show after meeting with his husband at a hotel during the course of filming, which was considered a contract violation. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "West Chester-born drag queen Aquaria makes it to 'RuPaul's Drag Race' finale," 15 June 2018 Opponents, including some supervisors, were concerned the proposition gave an unfair advantage to incumbent politicians by disqualifying board members from seeking office. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco ban on flavored tobacco, education parcel tax ahead in early vote returns," 5 June 2018 Snyder’s defense attorneys argue the filter process failed and should warrant either the charges being dismissed or prosecutors disqualified from the case. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Judge hears testimony on issues over emails in Portage mayor's corruption case," 24 May 2018 Troy police will be swearing in a new police cat today after its last candidate was disqualified from duty because of feline leukemia. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Troy to swear in replacement police cat after 1st falls ill," 11 May 2018 The state established the database in 2007 to store mental health court orders disqualifying residents from buying a gun. Skyler Swisher, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Sen. Nelson seeks federal funds to fix backlog that could allow mentally ill Floridians to buy guns," 10 May 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.


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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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