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[in-kuh-pas-i-teyt] /ˌɪn kəˈpæs ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used with object), incapacitated, incapacitating.
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
1650-60; incapacit(y) + -ate1
Related forms
incapacitation, noun
1. cripple, handicap, sideline. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for incapacitate


verb (transitive)
to deprive of power, strength, or capacity; disable
to deprive of legal capacity or eligibility
Derived Forms
incapacitation, noun
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Word Origin and History for incapacitate

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

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