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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.
1650-60; incapacit(y) + -ate1
Related forms
incapacitation, noun
1. cripple, handicap, sideline.
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Examples for incapacitation
  • Instead of incapacitation, let criminals atone for their crimes with positive contributions to society.
  • Tasers are not a public-order weapon-they cannot be fired into crowds-but a non-lethal method of individual incapacitation.
  • State evaluation and payment for medical with incapacitation pay when duty cannot be performed.
  • Sick leave may be used for medical examinations and during the period of incapacitation for delivery and recuperation.
  • As discussed above, a recurrence is not a new injury but merely another period of incapacitation resulting from a previous injury.
British Dictionary definitions for incapacitation


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 incapacitation

1741, noun of action from incapacitate.



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

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