To debar is to officially bar, ban, or exclude someone from doing something. Debar can also mean to prevent something from happening. If you have a hat club, you can debar anyone who’s not wearing one.

If someone is barred from entering, they are prevented from entering. Oddly enough, to debar them means the same thing. If you're debarred from a school, you can no longer attend. If a politician is debarred from office, they've been thrown out. You can also debar events. Eating well and exercising can debar many health problems. This kind of debarring means the same as averting. People try to debar negative things from happening.

Definitions of debar
  1. verb
    prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
    synonyms: avert, avoid, deflect, fend off, forefend, forfend, head off, obviate, stave off, ward off
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    type of:
    forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, preempt, prevent
    keep from happening or arising; make impossible
  2. verb
    prevent from entering; keep out
    synonyms: bar, exclude
  3. verb
    bar temporarily; from school, office, etc.
    synonyms: suspend
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    rusticate, send down
    suspend temporarily from college or university, in England
    type of:
    expel, kick out, throw out
    force to leave or move out
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