incapacitate

[in-kuh-pas-i-teyt]

verb (used with object), in·ca·pac·i·tat·ed, in·ca·pac·i·tat·ing.

to deprive of ability, qualification, or strength; make incapable or unfit; disable.
Law. to deprive of the legal power to act in a specified way or ways.

Nearby words

  1. incandescent lamp,
  2. incantation,
  3. incantatory,
  4. incapable,
  5. incapacitant,
  6. incapacitated,
  7. incapacitation,
  8. incapacity,
  9. incapacity benefit,
  10. incaparina

Origin of incapacitate

First recorded in 1650–60; incapacit(y) + -ate1

Related formsin·ca·pac·i·ta·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for incapacitate

incapacitate

verb (tr)

to deprive of power, strength, or capacity; disable
to deprive of legal capacity or eligibility
Derived Formsincapacitation, noun

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Word Origin and History for incapacitate

incapacitate

v.

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

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