verb (used with object), in·ca·pac·i·tat·ed, in·ca·pac·i·tat·ing.

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

First recorded in 1650–60; incapacit(y) + -ate1
Related formsin·ca·pac·i·ta·tion, noun

Synonyms for incapacitate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for incapacitation

Contemporary Examples of incapacitation

  • That way, the Senate still slows things down, but not to the point of incapacitation.

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    Still Evil: The Filibuster

    Michael Tomasky

    May 11, 2012

  • Yet progressives have, if anything, more reason to worry about the incapacitation of government than conservatives.

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    Don't Destroy Government, Use It

    Will Marshall

    October 1, 2010

Historical Examples of incapacitation

British Dictionary definitions for incapacitation


verb (tr)

to deprive of power, strength, or capacity; disable
to deprive of legal capacity or eligibility
Derived Formsincapacitation, noun
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Word Origin and History for incapacitation

1741, noun of action from incapacitate.



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

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