- 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.
Origin of incapacitate
SynonymsSee more synonyms for incapacitate on Thesaurus.com
1. cripple, handicap, sideline.
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Examples from the Web for incapacitation
That way, the Senate still slows things down, but not to the point of incapacitation.Still Evil: The Filibuster
May 11, 2012
Yet progressives have, if anything, more reason to worry about the incapacitation of government than conservatives.Don't Destroy Government, Use It
October 1, 2010
Nothing short of incapacitation of the whole squad would have brought forth a stay in activities.Marjorie Dean, High School Junior
Of the koshimoto, two were the favoured concubines during the incapacitation of the wife.Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)
James S. De Benneville
The unjust and absurd Act of Incapacitation was carried by seventy-four voices to twenty-four.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
- to deprive of power, strength, or capacity; disable
- to deprive of legal capacity or eligibility
Word Origin and History for incapacitation
1741, noun of action from incapacitate.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper