23/05/16 Do you Know What ‘Bar,’ ‘Debar’ & ‘Disbar’ Mean?

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The first two have closely related meanings. Bar means “to prevent (often by legal obstacle).” E.g., “The English Statute of Westminster II barred dower of a wife who deserted her husband and committed adultery; and some states have statutes barring an elective share on a similar principle.” / “The court concluded that these warranty disclaimers did not necessarily bar a breach of contract claim.” / “Legislative immunity does not, of course, bar all judicial review of legislative acts.”

Bar serves also as a noun

[a bar to all claims].
Debar, a somewhat archaic formal word, means “to preclude from having or doing.” E.g., “It would require very persuasive circumstances enveloping congressional silence to debar this Court from re-examining its own doctrines.” / “There is no reason why the plaintiff should be confined to his action on the special agreement, and be debarred his remedy on the assumpsit implied by law.” (Eng.)
Disbar means “to expel from the legal profession.”
The corresponding nouns are debarment and disbarment.