- to make unable or unfit; weaken or destroy the capability of; incapacitate: The detective successfully disabled the bomb. He was disabled by the accident.
- to make legally incapable; disqualify.
Origin of disable
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1. enfeeble, paralyze.
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Examples from the Web for disablement
The disorder or the disablement is thus almost a family possession.Change in the Village
(AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
Many a time they were rewarded for service and blood and disablement.Smoke
Turgenev Ivan Sergeevich
You see, our artillery is intended for destruction, and not for disablement.The Angel of the Revolution
If disablement is your will, there is your way, and the only effectual way.
Ships in danger of wreck or disablement sometimes cast forth such precarious messengers calling for aid.Cabbages and Kings
- to make ineffective, unfit, or incapable, as by crippling
- to make or pronounce legally incapable
- to switch off (an electronic device)
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Word Origin and History for disablement
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