- 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 debilitating
Most will choose simply to endure whatever comes, no matter how painful or debilitating, and that is their right.On Her Own Terms: Why Brittany Maynard Has Chosen to Die
October 12, 2014
Shulgin, however, maintained that the drug could help patients overcome trauma or debilitating guilt.The Week in Death: Alexander Shulgrin, Who Synthesized the Drug Ecstasy
June 7, 2014
A debilitating fall and broken hip further strained a meager $125 monthly government stipend.Havana Bids Adios to Conrado Marrero, MLB’s Oldest Player
Peter C. Bjarkman
April 25, 2014
Each of them has distinctive and debilitating flaws in the eyes of Republican power brokers.Why the GOP Needs a Return to the Bush Leagues
April 21, 2014
From the age of ten, I have dealt with debilitating periods.
And you mustn't talk like your own characters; you've no idea how debilitating that is.The Education of Eric Lane
The South has not yet recovered from the debilitating influence of his books.Life On The Mississippi, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
She was wild-eyed, and she shuddered when the express made its debilitating drop.Strictly Business
I may add that, though dry, the air was felt by us to be debilitating.From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life
Captain A. T. Mahan
Second, it was exhibiting calomel to the injury (debilitating) of the patient.The Funny Side of Physic
A. D. Crabtre
- tending to weaken or enfeeble
- (tr) to make feeble; weaken
Word Origin and History for debilitating
1530s, from Latin debilitatus, past participle of debilitare "to weaken," from debilis "weak" (see debility). Related: Debilitated; debilitating.
- Causing a loss of strength or energy.