dis·qual·i·fy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Disqualified p. pr. & vb. n. Disqualifying.]
1. To deprive of the qualities or properties necessary for any purpose; to render unfit; to incapacitate; -- with for or from before the purpose, state, or act.
My common illness disqualifies me for all conversation; I mean my deafness. --Swift.
Me are not disqualified by their engagements in trade from being received in high society. --Southey.
2. To deprive of some power, right, or privilege, by positive restriction; to disable; to debar legally; as, a conviction of perjury disqualifies a man to be a witness.
v 1: make unfit or unsuitable; "Your income disqualifies you"
[syn: unfit, indispose] [ant: qualify]
2: declare unfit; "She was disqualified for the Olympics
because she was a professional athlete" [ant: qualify]