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disable

[dis-ey-buh l] /dɪsˈeɪ bəl/
verb (used with object), disabled, disabling.
1.
to make unable or unfit; weaken or destroy the capability of; incapacitate: The detective successfully disabled the bomb.
He was disabled by the accident.
2.
to make legally incapable; disqualify.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; dis-1 + able
Related forms
disablement, noun
disabler, noun
Synonyms
1. enfeeble, paralyze.
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British Dictionary definitions for disablement

disable

/dɪsˈeɪbəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make ineffective, unfit, or incapable, as by crippling
2.
to make or pronounce legally incapable
3.
to switch off (an electronic device)
Derived Forms
disablement, noun
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Word Origin and History for disablement

disable

v.

mid-15c., from dis- "do the opposite of" + ablen (v.) "to make fit" (see able). Related: Disabled; disabling. Earlier in the same sense was unable (v.) "make unfit, render unsuitable" (c.1400).

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