V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to deny the force, truth, or validity of something; 2. to refuse to allow something that was previously allowed

Synonyms: abjure, reject, negate, disavow, dismiss, ban, boycott, cancel, deny, outlaw, restrict, prohibit

Antonyms: allow, accept, proclaim

Tips: Disallow means "to refuse to allow," but one of its meanings is more direct than the other. The first sense means "to not allow the possibility to exist (in your mind) that something could be true or valid." The second sense literally means "to not allow something which had previously been allowed."

Usage Examples:

Professor Smith disallowed that Professor Jones' argument was based on sound research. (disavowed, dismissed)

He disallowed the idea that I might be right and refused to hear my explanation. (dismissed)

The judge disallowed testimony from one of the witnesses for the defense. (denied, rejected)

The touchdown was disallowed by the referee because of a holding penalty. (negated, denied)

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