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disqualify

To disqualify someone is to not allow them to participate, or to make them unfit for participation. Turning eleven would disqualify a person from playing on a soccer team for kids ten and under.

Judges will disqualify a marathon runner if they discover she's actually wearing roller skates, and a baseball player's age may disqualify him from playing on a certain team. Being blind disqualifies people from driving, and a criminal history can disqualify someone from working at a school. Disqualify adds the "do the opposite of" prefix dis- to qualify, which comes from the medieval Latin root qualificare, "to attribute a quality to."

Definitions of disqualify
  1. verb
    make unfit or unsuitable
    “Your income disqualifies you”
    synonyms: indispose, unfit
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    Antonyms:
    dispose, qualify
    make fit or prepared
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    declare unfit
    “She was disqualified for the Olympics because she was a professional athlete”
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    Antonyms:
    qualify
    pronounce fit or able
    types:
    recuse
    disqualify oneself (as a judge) in a particular case
    disbar
    remove from the bar; expel from the practice of law by official action
    type of:
    judge, label, pronounce
    pronounce judgment on
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