[ 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

Other words for incapacitate

Other words from incapacitate

  • in·ca·pac·i·ta·tion [in-kuh-pas-i-tey-shuhn] /ɪn kəˌpæs ɪˈteɪ ʃən/ noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use incapacitate in a sentence

  • 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


/ (ˌɪnkəˈpæsɪˌteɪt) /

  1. to deprive of power, strength, or capacity; disable

  2. to deprive of legal capacity or eligibility

Derived forms of incapacitate

  • incapacitation, noun

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