Is there a word that would mean "disqualifier" if "disqualifier" were a word?

Alternatively, let's say someone presents a list of qualifiers

  1. x
  2. y
  3. z

and says you do not qualify if any of them apply to you. I would call these "disqualifiers" but apparently that is not actually a word. What is the right name for them?

  • The government, while not the model of intelligence, uses disqualifier on many official documents. – user58890 Dec 4 '13 at 16:48

I'd stick with disqualifier, as its meaning quite obvious in context. And there are several dictionaries that list it, including MSN Encarta and Dictionary.com.


The following words may be used:

  1. rejection (as in rejection criteria)
  2. elimination
  3. recusal (used in judicial parlance)
  4. debarment - a rather strong use, implying disqualification from future attempts
  5. preclusion - used from the perspective of the candidate

All in all, disqualifier is the best word as it is context-free.


The words you list are qualifiers that don't apply to you.

Disqualifier is not a word I find in the NOAD; the closer word I can find is disqualify (the verb), which means "to declare someone not eligible for an office or activity", and it cannot be used in the sense you would use it.


Impediment would be used in a legal context, but in everyday terms has the looser sense of hindrance rather than disqualifier.


In your context, the word you really mean could be 'exception'. Rather than use a double negative of first stating what qualifies and then using its absence as the criterion, it is better to list the 'exceptions', at least for the sake of clarity.

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