Definition of disqualify in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Pronounce (someone) ineligible for an office, activity, or competition because of an offense or infringement.

    ‘he was disqualified from driving for six months’
    ‘he was disqualified after failing a drug test’
    ‘he was hit by a disqualified driver’
    • ‘The coalition of the Democratic Congress Party and the Mozambique National Party was disqualified because it failed to register as a coalition, said Mandlate.’
    • ‘His words were not considered serious enough to refer to a national Administration Panel, which has the power to disqualify councillors from office for a fixed period of up to five years.’
    • ‘It is impossible to debate with them because they swiftly adopt the position that others are disqualified, for personal reasons, from any right to disagree.’
    • ‘As a result of the operation one man was arrested for driving while disqualified, seven suspected benefit cheats were caught and six vehicles were detained for having various defects.’
    • ‘What would stop a rival from making it look like you were campaigning by e-mail, so that they could get you disqualified, thus handing them the position?’
    • ‘The Act restricts the size of the council of ministers, extends the ban on defections to party splits and disqualifies a defector from holding a public office for the remainder of the legislative term.’
    • ‘May I remind you that if you drive while disqualified over the next two years, you could lose your liberty.’
    • ‘The categories of persons to be disqualified included those who committed ‘reactionary deeds’.’
    • ‘Wharton had previous convictions which included interfering with cars, robbery, aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.’
    • ‘This new law envisaged that all those persons who had held any public office and had been proved to have committed any kind of corrupt practice would be disqualified for six years.’
    • ‘Tell the review committee to disqualify a certain applicant, Mr. Mo, who is enjoying a sizable popular support and who is supported by the opposite camp to you.’
    • ‘Most galling of all is the ridiculous statements the committee has made in disqualifying the Yes team.’
    • ‘While 24 agencies made specific reference to one or more possibly disqualifying attributes of prospective adopters, only 10 listed positive qualities they look for in assessing potential parents.’
    • ‘A court can disqualify directors for between two and 15 years for unfit conduct.’
    • ‘Refugees who refuse a place in an accommodation centre would disqualify themselves from any further benefits or help from the Government.’
    • ‘A military appointing authority could choose to disqualify any panel member for good cause.’
    • ‘Several candidates were judged unsuitable, were disqualified and fined.’
    • ‘Well, any time you disqualify military votes you should be very, very careful about it, because they certainly deserve to be counted.’
    • ‘We have never had people disqualified for breaking election rules.’
    • ‘Magistrates have a discretion not to disqualify, but only if there are good reasons that fall within narrowly-defined limits.’
    banned, barred, disbarred, debarred
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    1. 1.1 (of a feature or characteristic) make (someone) unsuitable for an office or activity.
      ‘a heart murmur disqualified him for military service’
      • ‘That alone should have disqualified her from any position with the Young Women's Christian Association.’
      • ‘Ronald Ray points out that there is no inherent right to serve in the military, and many things can disqualify people from eligibility to serve.’
      • ‘Being a maverick and an opportunist should hardly disqualify the man from running for national office.’
      • ‘The equivocation of its affirmation - if affirmation it be - is first among the defects that ought to disqualify this proposal.’
      • ‘Still another feature disqualifying many mammal species from domestication is the lack of suitable social structure.’
      • ‘This, and similar proposals for restrictions that would disqualify some existing parties from fielding candidates are discriminatory.’
      • ‘That degree of commitment could easily disqualify a judicial tribunal for bias.’
      • ‘A detached retina disqualified him from military service and in 1917 he worked for the American Red Cross in New Orleans.’
      • ‘Will that disqualify me from claiming Council Tax Benefit?’
      • ‘However, it has led to a collapse in private savings because today's workers are afraid that stashing cash away for old age will prove counterproductive, simply disqualifying them from benefits.’
      • ‘I don't see how either of those aspects would technically disqualify me from an unwanted job at a pet store, so I had some hope left.’
      • ‘A significant disadvantage is that Homer is a fictional character, but that shouldn't necessarily disqualify him.’
      • ‘The work is characterized by a routine melancholy that disqualifies any possibility of celebration of the conflict; still, none of the work condemns it either.’
      • ‘If Vassiliev is right that Weinstein has misrepresented the documents, that could disqualify him for the archivist position.’
      • ‘If you want narrow dogma, how about the plight of a major political party in which being pro-life disqualifies you from seeking national office because special interests forbid it?’
      • ‘Now if, in the view of many Australians, lying does not disqualify you from national leadership, then it is no good just going on calling politicians liars?’
      • ‘To make matters worse, receiving pension credit may also disqualify you from, or reduce, other state benefits such as council tax relief.’
      • ‘The fact that the genealogy of such claims is so distinctively national does not in itself disqualify them: any general truth will have a local point of origin.’
      • ‘The human element disqualifies science from the equation, and the bottom line is, the only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.’
      • ‘Among the many features that disqualifies the use of domestic scales in business is that traders could easily adjust them without the customers knowing.’
      ban, bar, debar, prohibit, forbid, interdict, block
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