disable

[ dis-ey-buhl ]
/ dɪsˈeɪ bəl /

verb (used with object), dis·a·bled, dis·a·bling.

to make unable or unfit; weaken or destroy the capability of; incapacitate: The detective successfully disabled the bomb. He was disabled by the accident.
to make legally incapable; disqualify.

Origin of disable

First recorded in 1475–85; dis-1 + able

Related forms

dis·a·ble·ment, noundis·a·bler, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for disablement

British Dictionary definitions for disablement

disable

/ (dɪsˈeɪbəl) /

verb (tr)

to make ineffective, unfit, or incapable, as by crippling
to make or pronounce legally incapable
to switch off (an electronic device)

Derived Forms

disablement, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012