- unable to act, respond, or the like (often used euphemistically when one is busy or otherwise occupied): He can't come to the phone now—he's incapacitated.
Origin of incapacitated
- 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 incapacitated
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There can be no debate about the meaning of “passed out”; even “incapacitated” is fairly straightforward.
Actually, university policy states that a person cannot consent when “incapacitated.”
Bell took his place; he too was suffering, but not so much as to be incapacitated.
On the incapacitated German soldier every possible care is bestowed.England and Germany
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The fall fractured his ankle and incapacitated him from service.
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- to deprive of power, strength, or capacity; disable
- to deprive of legal capacity or eligibility
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Word Origin and History for incapacitated
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