disabling

disable

[dis-ey-buhl]
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:
1475–85; dis-1 + able

disablement, noun
disabler, noun


1. enfeeble, paralyze.
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disable (dɪsˈeɪbəl)
 
vb
1.  to make ineffective, unfit, or incapable, as by crippling
2.  to make or pronounce legally incapable
3.  to switch off (an electronic device)
 
dis'ablement
 
n

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disable
mid-15c., from dis- "do the opposite of" (see dis-) + pp. of ablen (v.) "to make fit." Related: Disabled.
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