incapacitate

[in-kuh-pas-i-teyt]
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verb (used with object), in·ca·pac·i·tat·ed, in·ca·pac·i·tat·ing.
  1. to deprive of ability, qualification, or strength; make incapable or unfit; disable.
  2. Law. to deprive of the legal power to act in a specified way or ways.

Origin of incapacitate

First recorded in 1650–60; incapacit(y) + -ate1
Related formsin·ca·pac·i·ta·tion, noun

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Contemporary Examples of incapacitate

Historical Examples of incapacitate

  • He should be able to incapacitate two or three and break out.

    Monkey On His Back

    Charles V. De Vet

  • There's a break in sanitation that could incapacitate your whole command.

    The Lani People

    J. F. Bone

  • A few years' knowledge of other countries than our own will not incapacitate me for that part.

  • If it did not incapacitate him for action, he held it of no account.

    Glimpses of Three Coasts

    Helen Hunt Jackson

  • Why should there be such things as headaches, to incapacitate a man from work?

    The Admiral

    Douglas Sladen


British Dictionary definitions for incapacitate

incapacitate

verb (tr)
  1. to deprive of power, strength, or capacity; disable
  2. to deprive of legal capacity or eligibility
Derived Formsincapacitation, noun
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Word Origin and History for incapacitate
v.

1650s, from incapacity + -ate. Related: Incapacitated; incapacitating.

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