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.
- in·ca·pac·i·ta·tion [in-kuh-pas-i-tey-shuhn] /ɪn kəˌpæs ɪˈteɪ ʃən/ noun
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How to use incapacitate in a sentence
The sound will not affect older police but will be incapacitating for youths near the front line.
He had received a couple of flesh-wounds, which stung him for the moment without incapacitating him for effective service.The Great Cattle Trail | Edward S. Ellis
If you could procure the revocation of this incapacitating edict, you would deliver an unhappy man from great affliction.Life Of Johnson, Volume 4 (of 6) | Boswell
He broke into the jury box and served his country well, and had no incapacitating disease that I ever heard of.
The cripples, the deformed and the delinquents whose incapacitating defects are permanent should be found and classified.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume I. (of IV.) | W. Grant Hague, M.D.
I returned it at once with the excuse that I feared incapacitating myself for work by dissipation.Wilfrid Cumbermede | George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for incapacitate
to deprive of power, strength, or capacity; disable
to deprive of legal capacity or eligibility
- incapacitation, noun
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