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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
1650-1660
1650-60; incapacit(y) + -ate1
Related forms
incapacitation, noun
Synonyms
1. cripple, handicap, sideline.
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Examples for incapacitate
  • The guns are designed to incapacitate their target with a pulsating electrical current.
  • None of these have the capability to incapacitate a human being within seconds.
  • These chemicals swiftly incapacitate the targeted cell.
  • Imagine people walking down the street carrying small, hand held lasers that could incapacitate anyone at will.
  • And it's legitimate to incapacitate violent aggressors for the safety of others.
  • These waves can incapacitate swimmers and vacationers strolling or sunbathing on the beach, and carry them out to sea.
  • And he is gravely debilitated by asthma, an affliction which he refuses to allow to incapacitate him.
  • Capital punishment is intended to incapacitate the killer to prevent him or her from continuing their crimes.
  • Disrupt brain signals, knock people out, incapacitate.
  • Discharging pepper spray improperly could make matters worse if you incapacitate yourself or others in your party.
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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