- to deprive of ability, qualification, or strength; make incapable or unfit; disable.
- Law. to deprive of the legal power to act in a specified way or ways.
Origin of incapacitate
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1. cripple, handicap, sideline.
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Examples from the Web for incapacitate
The White House sent people with orders “to incapacitate me totally.”
I used to say under Bush the attempt to incapacitate me, “that one is not yet legal.”
He should be able to incapacitate two or three and break out.Monkey On His Back
Charles V. De Vet
There's a break in sanitation that could incapacitate your whole command.The Lani People
J. F. Bone
A few years' knowledge of other countries than our own will not incapacitate me for that part.My Recollections of Lord Byron
If it did not incapacitate him for action, he held it of no account.Glimpses of Three Coasts
Helen Hunt Jackson
Why should there be such things as headaches, to incapacitate a man from work?The Admiral
- to deprive of power, strength, or capacity; disable
- to deprive of legal capacity or eligibility
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Word Origin and History for incapacitate
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