- to make weak or feeble; enfeeble: The siege of pneumonia debilitated her completely.
Origin of debilitate
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Examples from the Web for debilitation
Contraries, when near and militant, will be troublesome to each other, and seek each other's destruction or debilitation.A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)
- (tr) to make feeble; weaken
Word Origin and History for debilitation
early 15c., from French débilitation (13c.), from Latin debilitationem (nominative debilitas) "a laming, crippling, weakening," noun of action from past participle stem of debilitare "to weaken" (see debilitate).
1530s, from Latin debilitatus, past participle of debilitare "to weaken," from debilis "weak" (see debility). Related: Debilitated; debilitating.