debar, disbar
Debar means ‘to exclude from admission or a right’, as in They were debarred from entering, whereas disbar has the more specific meaning ‘to deprive (a barrister) from the right to practise’. Both words double the r in inflection.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • disbar — dis·bar /dis bär/ vt: to expel from the bar or the legal profession: deprive (an attorney) of a license to practice law usu. for engaging in unethical or illegal practices compare debar dis·bar·ment n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam… …   Law dictionary

  • disbar — UK US /dɪsˈbɑːr/ US  / ˈbɑːr/ verb [T] LAW ► to take away someone s right to work as a lawyer, especially because they have done something wrong or illegal: disbar sb for sth »The former attorney had been disbarred for fraud …   Financial and business terms

  • Disbar — Dis*bar , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disbarred}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disbarring}.] (Law) To expel from the bar, or the legal profession; to deprive (an attorney, barrister, or counselor) of his status and privileges as such. Abbott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disbar — (v.) deprive of the privileges of a barrister, 1630s; see DIS (Cf. dis ) opposite of + BAR (Cf. bar) in the legal sense. Related: Disbarred; disbarring; disbarment …   Etymology dictionary

  • disbar — shut out, eliminate, rule out, suspend, debar, *exclude, blackball …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • disbar — ► VERB (disbarred, disbarring) 1) expel (a barrister) from the Bar. 2) exclude. DERIVATIVES disbarment noun …   English terms dictionary

  • disbar — [dis bär′, dis′bär] vt. disbarred, disbarring to expel (a lawyer) from the bar; deprive of the right to practice law SYN. EXCLUDE disbarment n …   English World dictionary

  • disbar — v. (D; tr.) to disbar from (to disbar from practice) * * * [dɪs bɑː] (D; tr.) to disbar from (to disbar from practice) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • disbar — UK [dɪsˈbɑː(r)] / US [dɪsˈbɑr] verb [transitive] Word forms disbar : present tense I/you/we/they disbar he/she/it disbars present participle disbarring past tense disbarred past participle disbarred legal to officially stop a lawyer from doing… …   English dictionary

  • disbar — See debar. See debar, disbar …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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