Definition of disbar in English:



  • 1usually be disbarredExpel (a lawyer) from the Bar, so that they no longer have the right to practice law.

    • ‘In one-third of those cases, the report showed, the lawyer who represented the death penalty defendant at trial or on appeal had been or was later disbarred or otherwise sanctioned.’
    • ‘Untruthful police and expert witnesses should be charged and lawyers disbarred or otherwise disciplined.’
    • ‘An investigation revealed that 33 defendants sentenced to death had been represented by attorneys who had been disbarred or suspended.’
    • ‘If you're already a lawyer and you get a conviction you can be disbarred but no one has ever tried to become a lawyer with a past conviction.’
    • ‘He blames his attorney, who was disbarred during the case, for that one.’
    • ‘He was a horrible attorney, and he's been disbarred.’
    • ‘And prosecutors who engage in such behavior usually end up being disbarred.’
    • ‘If found guilty of breaching the requirements of the code of conduct, which require barristers to act independently at all times, he could be reprimanded, suspended from practice or even disbarred.’
    • ‘The former lawyer was convicted of attempted grand larceny concerning a client's missing funds and disbarred in 1987.’
    • ‘Because she was convicted of a felony, she was immediately disbarred, ending a career in law that spanned four decades.’
    • ‘I suspect that there are lawyers who have been disbarred because of less offensive courtroom buffoonery.’
    • ‘If found guilty by the tribunal, he could be disbarred from practising law in the country.’
    • ‘However she still takes on his case, risking exposure and being disbarred.’
    • ‘A lawyer who commits a felony and is disbarred is surely less deserving of our concern than an applicant who committed a similar crime years before studying law.’
    • ‘In some states, a fifth of the attorneys who have represented defendants in capital cases have subsequently been suspended, disbarred or arrested.’
    • ‘Ten days later the lawyer was committed to a state mental institution for substance abuse and was eventually disbarred.’
    • ‘After investigations into at least 20 complaints against him by his law clients, the attorney was disbarred and convicted of attempted grand larceny.’
    • ‘Once a wealthy lawyer, he is now disbarred, broke and recently evicted from the hotel he has been living in since leaving the family.’
    • ‘He subsequently surrendered his law license in 1988 and was disbarred after an investigation.’
    • ‘And had they been inclined, they could have had him disbarred.’
  • 2Exclude (someone) from something.

    ‘competitors wearing rings will be disbarred from competition’
    • ‘Most referees will immediately disbar any player found guilty of trying these sort of tricks.’
    • ‘I would question the validity of systems that disbar quality staff from progressing.’
    • ‘This immediately disbarred him from continuing on his methadone programme.’
    • ‘A code of practice, which required a midwife to be insured would thus effectively disbar her from practising privately, says Chris.’
    • ‘The rational system would be to engage consultants as employees of public hospitals, and to disbar them from all private practice.’
    • ‘I think the people out there who want to make submissions should not be disbarred or prevented from making submissions on matters that are not in the bill at the moment.’
    • ‘The complaint focused on his unethical efforts to disbar his colleagues from international forums for daring to contradict his views.’
    • ‘A once brilliant surgeon, who left the city to work in Aboriginal communities, his life went to pieces after an error on a young patient resulted in his leaving medicine rather than being disbarred.’
    • ‘Of course, this doesn't disbar you from the option of guided dives, either from the shore or from one of the dive centre's day boats.’
    • ‘Our main means of managing competing interests is disclosure, but sometimes the conflict is so strong that it disbars somebody from being an author or a reviewer.’
    • ‘Certain age groups or regions might be disbarred for legal reasons, for example, and making this clear from the outset could save you a lot of trouble later.’
    • ‘During that time, the electrician will be disbarred from carrying out any but minor works.’
    • ‘Then, a law is established assigning a monetary amount as the limit of an oligarchic regime, thus disbarring anyone whose property falls below the assigned value.’
    • ‘They would usually pass such reports to the General Teaching Council, who can warn, suspend or disbar teachers.’
    • ‘Sarah died tragically young five years later, but not before marrying an English army officer - an act which came to disbar her from nationalism's pantheon of tragic Irish heroines.’
    • ‘Suppliers found to have transgressed with any pattern of regularity will be disbarred from tendering for the next two years’ contract.’
    • ‘That is the question for the 14-year-old girl, who feels that virginity disbars her from the cool crowd.’
    • ‘Any member exceeding this level will be disbarred from play until at least one more member attains an equal level.’
    • ‘Only those regions, such as England, Germany, and Luxembourg, disbarred for reasons of climate, have resisted joining this particular club on any significant scale.’
    • ‘It does not disbar the person from standing for whomever he or she wishes to stand for in the future.’
    keep out, deny access to, shut out, debar, bar, ban, prohibit, put an embargo on, embargo
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Mid 16th century (in disbar (sense 2)): from dis- ‘away’+ bar.