Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To expel (an attorney) from the practice of law by official action or procedure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To expel from the bar, or the legal profession; to deprive (an attorney, barrister, or counselor) of his or her status and privileges as such.
  • v. To exclude someone from something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To expel from the bar, or the legal profession; to deprive (an attorney, barrister, or counselor) of his status and privileges as such.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In law, to expel from the bar, as a barrister; strike off from the roll of attorneys.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. remove from the bar; expel from the practice of law by official action

Etymologies

From dis- + bar (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Vicks as yet to serve any real serious time, and he's getting off with a slap on the wrist - he engaged and facilitated an illegal crime that lead to the the torture and death of several animals - that alone should be enough to "disbar" him from playing professionally, if not condemn him to at least 10 years in prison.

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  • He also said that if a bar association decides to disbar any of them, they will have a right to a public hearing and appeals, which could lead to disclosure of new information about how and why the legal framework of interrogation policies was crafted and implemented.

    Disbarment of lawyers involved in interrogation policies sought

  • He said it might not be fair to disbar Howes so long after the alleged misconduct took place.

    Ex-prosecutor may face disbarment

  • Recall, for instance, the effort to disbar former Justice Department officials John Yoo and Jay Bybee for writing the legal opinions on aggressive interrogations.

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  • Give him penalties, fine his brains out, disbar him, mandate any type of sanctions, even assign him some embarrassing community service.

    Evening Buzz: John Edwards’ Love Child?

  • It currently takes an average of more than three years to disbar someone found to be acting unethically in the garbage sector, the report found.

    Crime Keeps Grip on Garbage

  • The Kentucky Bar Association voted to disbar Mr. Chesley, a Cincinnati-based attorney who was one of several lawyers involved in a $200 million 2001 settlement with a company that made the diet drug fen-phen.

    Justice in Kentucky

  • And the Left wanted to criminalize a legal opinion and disbar him.

    So much for a Yoo/Bybee show trial. | RedState

  • You have a very strange notion of gravitas if it includes appointing someone to the Supreme Court who lied under oath and as a result (besides being impeached) resigned from the Supreme Court bar (to avoid having the Court itself disbar him after first suspending him) and was suspended from practicing law for 5 years in his home state.

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  • KGB agents have closed an independent radio station, seized computers from human-rights groups, and threatened to disbar defense lawyers for opposition politicians.

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