incapacitate

[in-kuh-pas-i-teyt]
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:
1650–60; incapacit(y) + -ate1

incapacitation, noun


1. cripple, handicap, sideline.
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incapacitate (ˌɪnkəˈpæsɪˌteɪt)
 
vb
1.  to deprive of power, strength, or capacity; disable
2.  to deprive of legal capacity or eligibility
 
incapaci'tation
 
n

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Example sentences
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.
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