- 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 incapacitating
The sound will not affect older police but will be incapacitating for youths near the front line.High-Tech Anti-Riot Gear
August 14, 2011
A duty so delightful had, but for this incapacitating malady, been earlier paid.The "Ladies of Llangollen"
In incapacitating the congress to determine their own salaries.
The so-called "incapacitating vices," which are the results of injury or of disease.Ladies on Horseback
Tess Durbeyfield's experience was of this incapacitating kind.Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Fifteen paces distance, visored duelling pistols, and an exchange of bullets to the point of incapacitating one or both parties.A Little Garrison
Fritz von der Kyrburg
- to deprive of power, strength, or capacity; disable
- to deprive of legal capacity or eligibility
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Word Origin and History for incapacitating
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