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disable

[dis-ey-buhl]
verb (used with object), dis·a·bled, dis·a·bling.
  1. to make unable or unfit; weaken or destroy the capability of; incapacitate: The detective successfully disabled the bomb. He was disabled by the accident.
  2. to make legally incapable; disqualify.
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Origin of disable

First recorded in 1475–85; dis-1 + able
Related formsdis·a·ble·ment, noundis·a·bler, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for disabler

disable

verb (tr)
  1. to make ineffective, unfit, or incapable, as by crippling
  2. to make or pronounce legally incapable
  3. to switch off (an electronic device)
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Derived Formsdisablement, noun
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Word Origin and History for disabler

disable

v.

mid-15c., from dis- "do the opposite of" + ablen (v.) "to make fit" (see able). Related: Disabled; disabling. Earlier in the same sense was unable (v.) "make unfit, render unsuitable" (c.1400).

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