From Middle English disallowen, desallowen, a borrowing from Anglo-Norman desalouer, Old French desalöer; synchronically analyzable as dis- + allow.
- (General American, Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɪsəˈlaʊ/
- Rhymes: -aʊ
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disallow (third-person singular simple present disallows, present participle disallowing, simple past and past participle disallowed)
- To refuse to allow
- The prisoners were disallowed to contact with a lawyer.
- To reject as invalid, untrue, or improper
- The goal was disallowed because the player was offside.
- 2012 June 19, Phil McNulty, “England 1-0 Ukraine”, in BBC Sport:
- England will regard it as a measure of justice for Frank Lampard's disallowed goal against Germany in Bloemfontein at the 2010 World Cup - but it was also an illustration of how they rode their luck for long periods in front of a predictably partisan home crowd.
- (UK, law, historical) to overrule a colonial legislation by the sovereign-in-privy council
- See also Thesaurus:prohibit
to refuse to allow — see forbid
to reject as invalid, untrue, or improper