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

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Contemporary Examples of incapacitating

  • The sound will not affect older police but will be incapacitating for youths near the front line.

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Historical Examples of incapacitating


British Dictionary definitions for incapacitating

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 incapacitating

incapacitate

v.

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

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