• WordNet 3.6
    • v debar prevent from entering; keep out "He was barred from membership in the club"
    • v debar prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening "Let's avoid a confrontation","head off a confrontation","avert a strike"
    • v debar bar temporarily; from school, office, etc.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Debar To cut off from entrance, as if by a bar or barrier; to preclude; to hinder from approach, entry, or enjoyment; to shut out or exclude; to deny or refuse; -- with from, and sometimes with of. "Yet not so strictly hath our Lord imposed
      Labor, as to debar us when we need
      "Their wages were so low as to debar them, not only from the comforts but from the common decencies of civilized life."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • debar To bar out; shut out; preclude; exclude; prevent from entering; deny right of access to; hinder from approach, entry, use, etc.
    • debar Synonyms To interdict, prohibit, prevent, restrain.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Debar de-bär′ to bar out from: to exclude: to hinder
    • pr.p Debar debar′ring; pa.p. debarred′
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  • Joseph Addison
    “An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. de-, + bar,


In literature:

Why was she, because she was a girl and an heiress, to be debarred from her own happiness?
"Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite" by Anthony Trollope
And from his natural rights my son debar?
"Poetical Works of Matthew Arnold" by Matthew Arnold
I was entirely debarred from a participation in the sports of the place.
"The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton" by Wardon Allan Curtis
Not many years since, strangers were debarred from using this passage.
"In Eastern Seas" by J. J. Smith
He positively debarred him from playing again, but Tom was not to be done.
"Scottish Football Reminiscences and Sketches" by David Drummond Bone
From them you will be enabled to obtain information, should I be debarred from seeing you.
"Alonzo and Melissa" by Daniel Jackson, Jr.
We have been compelled to curtail some privileges; we have been debarred from granting new ones.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
The old knight was thus debarred from bringing up his son as his own squire.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8" by Various
Even if "a candidate for humanity," the dog is forever debarred from any share in human tradition and culture.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
In Ireland women are still debarred from this useful work.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume III (of III)" by Various

In poetry:

Sons of the Nation, arise in might!
And then swear by the God we adore,
This vicious crowd shall be put to flight,
And forever debarred from our shore.
"Liberty" by Jared Barhite
O thou Myself, thy fathers thee debarred
None of their wisdom, but their folly came
Therewith; they smoothed thy path, but made it hard
For thee to quit the same.
"Honours -- Part II." by Jean Ingelow
Childhood, stunted in the shadow
Of the light-debarring walls:
Not for you the cuckoo calls
O'er the silver-threaded meadow;
Not for you the lark on high
Pours his music from the sky.
"The Street-Children's Dance" by Mathilde Blind
If, for this purpose, God thy milk prepar'd,
Why shou'd thy babe be of its due debar'd?
'Tis hard, that thou shou'dst rob thy girl, or boy ; Of that which nature meant it shou'd enjoy!
"That A Woman Ought To Suckle Her Child, Unless She Be Weak And Sickly" by Rees Prichard
Tell me, yes, tell me, and tell me most truly,
Is there just cause why your flight is alone?
Is there some stain whereby you are duly
Debarred from the pleasures that should be your own?
"The Lone Bird" by Jared Barhite
Gone is my strength. 'Twere useless quite
To tell you that it is not hard
To have one's paradise in sight,
Withal, to be debarred.
And yet the generous glimpse you gave
Was more than once I dared to crave.
"The Human Tragedy ACT I" by Alfred Austin

In news:

(This story was updated Feb 8 at 1:45 pm to include information from the Air Force's memo of proposed debarment).
Ilana DeBare, Chronicle Staff Writer.
President Obama signed an order Tuesday giving agencies authority to investigate, suspend and debar contractors for human trafficking.
Contractors engaged in human trafficking subject to debarment .
Senators ask DoD to consider debarment for P&WC.
Senators tell DoJ to fix its suspension, debarment databases.
Suspension, debarment getting agencies' attention, official says.
The banking agencies have issued final rules on the removal, suspension, and debarment of accountants performing audit services for larger banks.
Agencies more aggressive in suspending, debarring contractors.
Agencies are more aggressively suspending or debarring federal contractors who break the rules.
Five large international lenders have agreed to honor each other's debarments of companies and individuals found to have engaged in fraudulent or corrupt practices on bank-funded construction projects.
"At that point, after years have passed, it's almost impossible to hold the contractor accountable using the suspension and debarment system.".
Some 3,326 federal contractors were suspended or debarred last year, a 73 percent increase from 1,918 contractors sanctioned in 2009.
That's in part because the suspension and debarment process is so cumbersome, especially in a war zone , where locating witnesses and compiling evidence is difficult.
Government officials say they have gotten more aggressive in suspending and debarring companies that misbehave or perform poorly on overseas warzone contracts, such as for reconstruction and military support.

In science:

Reich, E. (2009, November). Bubble-fusion scientist debarred from federal funding.
Cavitation-Induced Fusion: Proof of Concept