incapacitated

[in-kuh-pas-i-tey-tid]
See more synonyms for incapacitated on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. unable to act, respond, or the like (often used euphemistically when one is busy or otherwise occupied): He can't come to the phone now—he's incapacitated.

Origin of incapacitated

First recorded in 1795–1805; incapacitate + -ed2

incapacitate

[in-kuh-pas-i-teyt]
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

Synonyms for incapacitate

See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018


Examples from the Web for incapacitated

Contemporary Examples of incapacitated

Historical Examples of incapacitated


British Dictionary definitions for incapacitated

incapacitate

verb (tr)
  1. to deprive of power, strength, or capacity; disable
  2. to deprive of legal capacity or eligibility
Derived Formsincapacitation, 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

Word Origin and History for incapacitated

incapacitate

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper