disallow Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb command against
    prohibit; forbid; proscribe; veto; nix; interdict.
    • I forbid you to call me late at night
    • Mother vetoed the trip to the chocolate store
    • Dad nixed our plans


Dis`al*low" transitive verb
Pref. dis- + allow: cf. OF. desalouer, desloer, to blame, dissuade.
imperfect & past participle Disallowed ; present participle & verbal noun Disallowing
  1. To refuse to allow; to deny the force or validity of; to disown and reject; as, the judge disallowed the executor's charge.
    To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God. 1 Pet. ii. 4.
    That the edicts of Cæsar we may at all times disallow, but the statutes of God for no reason we may reject. Milton.
    ✍ This verb was sometimes followed by of; as, "What follows, if we disallow of this?" Shak. See Allow. Syn. -- To disapprove; prohibit; censure; reject.

Webster 1913