- to make weak or feeble; enfeeble: The siege of pneumonia debilitated her completely.
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Related Words for debilitationdebility, enfeeblement, weakness, depletion, fatigue, infirmity, enervation, exhaustion
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Contraries, when near and militant, will be troublesome to each other, and seek each other's destruction or debilitation.A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)
- (tr) to make feeble; weaken
Word Origin for debilitate
Word Origin and History for debilitation
early 15c., from French débilitation (13c.), from Latin debilitationem (nominative debilitas) "a laming, crippling, weakening," noun of action from past participle stem of debilitare "to weaken" (see debilitate).
1530s, from Latin debilitatus, past participle of debilitare "to weaken," from debilis "weak" (see debility). Related: Debilitated; debilitating.