Definition of disqualification in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action of disqualifying or the state of being disqualified.

    ‘a period of disqualification’
    count noun ‘a ten-year disqualification’
    • ‘Non-compliance within this time period may result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected.’
    • ‘Instructors will also have to be at least 21 years old and hold a driving licence without disqualification for a period’
    • ‘After the disappointing disqualification, he retired to Richmond Hill to live with the arts and entertainment editor's little brother.’
    • ‘He urged the imposition of a modest period of disqualification.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, in my judgment the seriousness of his derelictions of duty is such that it can only properly be marked by a significant period of disqualification.’
    • ‘Election officers have revealed that they have received the ten requests needed to force a by-election in the ward following Mr Tapster's disqualification.’
    • ‘Stewart was told his disqualification period will be reduced by 25 per cent if he completes a driver rehabilitation course.’
    • ‘An £80 fine was imposed, with endorsement of defendant's driving licence and a three months driving disqualification.’
    • ‘Coercion, however, would result in disqualification.’
    • ‘In the case of a suspension or disqualification the Case Tribunal will also need to consider the period over which such a sanction should apply.’
    • ‘Then if you are caught drink driving as well, for the drink drive crime, you face an escalation in the maximum disqualification period.’
    • ‘Equally, it may serve as mitigation in the director's favour in fixing the period of disqualification.’
    • ‘A period of disqualification was also ordered.’
    • ‘In the case of Christopher Smith the appeal against sentence relates only to the six-year period of disqualification which, Mr Daw submits, is excessive.’
    • ‘Although there has only been one disqualification, 15 drivers are two points shy of being automatically disqualified for six months.’
    • ‘The maximum sentences for the summary offences are a £5,000 fine and/or six months custody, with the option of driving disqualification.’
    • ‘I fix the period of disqualification as 12 years.’
    • ‘The maximum period of disqualification is 5 years.’
    • ‘Further he does not contend that the period of his disqualification is excessive.’
    • ‘Mrs Etheridge warned Stewart that if he drove during the period of disqualification, he could be imprisoned.’
    lack of entitlement, lack of legal right
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    1. 1.1count noun A fact that disqualifies someone from a position or activity.
      ‘such an offence is no longer a disqualification for office’
      • ‘But viewing his similarity to the other singer's voice as a disqualification is pathetic.’
      • ‘An amazing litmus test: Deeply held beliefs are a disqualification for high judicial office.’
      • ‘That kind of political tone deafness is a disqualification in my book.’
      • ‘Since when is being a congressional committee chairman a disqualification for cabinet office?’
      • ‘This, in fact, is one of the many disqualifications for kingship which emerge during his clandestine six weeks in England.’
      • ‘That being so, his penalty must be a life disqualification.’
      • ‘One of the disqualifications for leadership in a church, and it should similarly be a disqualification from an office of public trust, is someone who is quarrelsome or overbearing.’
      • ‘In both cases they had been widowed relatively young, but in neither case was their gender a disqualification in their assumption of authority.’
      • ‘He's also apparently a friend of the Pope, certainly a disqualification in my mind.’
      • ‘On the face of matters, experience in Western Australian Liberal Party elections now appears to be a disqualification.’
      • ‘Paragraph 2 lays down disqualifications from membership so as to ensure that the panel is truly independent.’
      • ‘Is it a disqualification for a woman to make the home of her beloved husband her own home?’
      • ‘Disputes about basic legal rules and widespread social institutions affect too many people for them to be the basis of conflict-of-interest disqualifications.’
      • ‘After all, in many important spheres of life proximity to or participation in events is a disqualification for objectivity.’
      • ‘It is a clumsy disqualification which applies to a lot of other clerics, not just Catholic ones.’
      • ‘I suppose that's a disqualification from public office but I wish it wasn't as big a factor as it usually is.’
      • ‘There are few disqualifications for being an adoptive parent.’