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incapacitate

[in-kuh-pas-i-teyt] /ˌɪn kəˈpæs ɪˌteɪt/
verb (used with object), incapacitated, incapacitating.
1.
to deprive of ability, qualification, or strength; make incapable or unfit; disable.
2.
Law. to deprive of the legal power to act in a specified way or ways.
Origin of incapacitate
1650-1660
1650-60; incapacit(y) + -ate1
Related forms
incapacitation, noun
Synonyms
1. cripple, handicap, sideline.
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  • A few years' knowledge of other countries than our own will not incapacitate me for that part.

  • He should be able to incapacitate two or three and break out.

    Monkey On His Back Charles V. De Vet
  • Why should there be such things as headaches, to incapacitate a man from work?

    The Admiral Douglas Sladen
  • Whether I accompany him is uncertain; he is apprehensive that my health may incapacitate me.

    The Royal Institution Bence Jones
  • Dick found that Warner and Pennington both had wounds, although they were too slight to incapacitate them.

    The Guns of Shiloh Joseph A. Altsheler
  • An indisposition will not dispense him from saying mass on Sunday unless it is sufficiently severe to incapacitate him.

    The Priestly Vocation Bishop Bernard Ward
  • It has been imagined that the plan was to incapacitate him by law for employment, and to hold him a State prisoner.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • He neither knew nor cared how serious the injury might be, so long as it did not incapacitate him from serving his machine.

British Dictionary definitions for incapacitate

incapacitate

/ˌɪnkəˈpæsɪˌteɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to deprive of power, strength, or capacity; disable
2.
to deprive of legal capacity or eligibility
Derived Forms
incapacitation, noun
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Word Origin and History for incapacitate
v.

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

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