verb (used with object)

to deprive of influence, importance, etc.: Voters feel they have become disempowered by recent political events.

Origin of disempower

First recorded in 1805–15; dis-1 + empower
Related formsdis·em·pow·er·ment, noun
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(tr) to deprive (a person) of power or authority
Derived Formsdisempowerment, noun
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Word Origin and History for disempowerment



1813; see dis- + empower. Related: Disempowered; disempowerment.

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