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tr.v. dis·qual·i·fied, dis·qual·i·fy·ing, dis·qual·i·fies
a. To render unqualified or unfit.
b. To declare unqualified or ineligible.
2. To deprive of legal rights, powers, or privileges.
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1. 'unqualified'

Unqualified people have not passed or taken the exams which relate to their work.

...some unqualified member of the teaching staff.
2. 'disqualified'

When someone is disqualified, they are officially told they cannot do something, because they have broken a law or rule.

They were disqualified from driving.
If convicted, she could be disqualified from public office for up to seven years.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.disqualified - disqualified by law or rule or provision
ineligible - not eligible; "ineligible to vote"; "ineligible for retirement benefits"
2.disqualified - barred from competition for violation of rules; "a disqualified player"
athletics, sport - an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
ineligible - not eligible; "ineligible to vote"; "ineligible for retirement benefits"
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adjective eliminated, knocked out, out of the running, debarred, ineligible He was disqualified after a drugs test.
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References in classic literature ?
They are liable to be impeached for malconduct by the House of Representatives, and tried by the Senate; and, if convicted, may be dismissed from office, and disqualified for holding any other.
If you do not now point out a flaw in my definition, you are disqualified later on from advancing metaphysical arguments.
"Ah, my dear sir," Ernest smiled, "I thought you were disqualified. You have not yet picked out the flaw in my definition of philosophy.
To cancel old wills, and invent new ones, is at last the sole business of such a testator's existence; and relations and friends (some of whom have been bred up distinctly to inherit a large share of the property, and have been, from their cradles, specially disqualified from devoting themselves to any useful pursuit, on that account) are so often and so unexpectedly and summarily cut off, and reinstated, and cut off again, that the whole family, down to the remotest cousin, is kept in a perpetual fever.
Those who by physical or mental imbecility are disqualified from work, are thereby disqualified from being members of an industrious community; and they can be better provided for in establishments fitted for the infirm.'
Fanny was very anxious to be useful, and not to appear above her home, or in any way disqualified or disinclined, by her foreign education, from contributing her help to its comforts, and therefore set about working for Sam immediately; and by working early and late, with perseverance and great despatch, did so much that the boy was shipped off at last, with more than half his linen ready.
My companion, I believe, slept pretty soundly; but at day break, when we rolled out of our dwelling, I felt nearly disqualified for any further efforts.
Because in the oligarchical State they are disqualified and driven from office, and therefore they cannot train or gather strength; whereas in a democracy they are almost the entire ruling power, and while the keener sort speak and act, the rest keep buzzing about the bema and do not suffer a word to be said on the other side; hence in democracies almost everything is managed by the drones.
"What art thou?" demanded David, utterly disqualified to pursue his original intention, and nearly gasping for breath.
But age, and his pampered life, greatly disqualified the noble mastiff for such a struggle.
The bullet had no sooner glided from the barrel than a tremor seized the hands of the trapper, which, had it occurred a moment sooner, would have utterly disqualified him for so hazardous an experiment.
Now that you think me disqualified to become your husband, you recoil from my touch as if I were some toad or ape."