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.

1650–60; incapacit(y) + -ate1

incapacitation, noun

1. cripple, handicap, sideline. Unabridged
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incapacitate (ˌɪnkəˈpæsɪˌteɪt)
1.  to deprive of power, strength, or capacity; disable
2.  to deprive of legal capacity or eligibility

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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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