Definition of barring in English:



  • Except for; if not for.

    ‘barring accidents, we should win’
    • ‘It is not complete yet but, barring bad weather, victory should come sometime today and quite probably by an innings.’
    • ‘The Congress' performance improved in most States, barring those ruled by the Left.’
    • ‘His nemesis, Corrigan, was left out of the Irish squad named last week and barring injury he won't be coming back.’
    • ‘The nail has been removed, and barring infection it is believed the aged man will live.’
    • ‘When people buy pets, they should keep them until death does them part, barring a few exceptional cases.’
    • ‘The 127 works on display are mostly water paintings, barring a few oil and knife paintings.’
    • ‘After all, barring emergencies, he did not have to contact the office people after duty hours.’
    • ‘It's a depressing thought but barring a wedding or two to come, the biggest gatherings will be at funerals.’
    • ‘Well, the plan at this point is to try to do some writing tonight, and barring that, tomorrow afternoon.’
    • ‘Parties of the North Eastern states, barring a few, will also support secular alliance.’
    • ‘It may be noted here that all the vehicles coming into the city from Mysore, barring trucks, use this road.’
    • ‘So barring some unforeseen revolution in popular taste, at the present time we cannot consider offering you a contract.’
    • ‘That is the new date of the local elections, and, barring an invasion from outer space, will also be General Election day.’
    • ‘From here, barring a major collapse, Mount Sion were always favoured to win out and so it proved.’
    • ‘The sowing of almost all crops, barring pulses, has been adversely affected.’
    • ‘Growing up back home, I was basically the only David I knew, barring my Uncle Dave of course.’
    • ‘Doesn't mean we have to be that way or do those things but, barring intervention, we're likely to.’
    • ‘The six-coach fully air conditioned train will run for six days in a week, barring Tuesdays.’
    • ‘At the end of the day I realised I had not, barring the morning's papers, read print on paper all day.’
    • ‘The subject of the pieces, barring studio sketches and a few paintings, is Newfoundland life.’
    except for, with the exception of, excepting, if there are no, if there is no, bar, discounting, short of, apart from, but for, other than, aside from, excluding, omitting, leaving out, save for, saving
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Late 15th century: from the verb bar + -ing.