verb (used with object), de·barred, de·bar·ring.

  1. to shut out or exclude from a place or condition: to debar all those who are not members.
  2. to hinder or prevent; prohibit: to debar an action.

verb -bars, -barring or -barred

  1. (tr usually foll by from) to exclude from a place, a right, etc; bar

early 15c., “to shut out, exclude,” from French débarrer, from Old French desbarer (12c., which, however, meant only “to unbar, unbolt,” the meaning turned around in French as the de- was felt in a different sense), from des- (see dis-) + barrer “to bar” (see bar (n.1)). Related: Debarment; debarred.

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