verb dis·able \dis-ˈā-bəl, diz-ˈā-\

: to cause (something) to be unable to work in the normal way

: to make (someone) unable to do something (such as use part of the body) in the usual way

dis·ableddis·abling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of DISABLE

transitive verb
:  to deprive of legal right, qualification, or capacity
:  to make incapable or ineffective; especially :  to deprive of physical, moral, or intellectual strength
dis·able·ment \-bəl-mənt\ noun

Examples of DISABLE

  1. <a promising athlete who was severely disabled in a plane crash>
  2. <disabled the controls for unauthorized users>

First Known Use of DISABLE

15th century


transitive verb dis·able \dis-ˈā-bəl, diz-\   (Medical Dictionary)
dis·ableddis·abling \-b(ə-)liŋ\

Medical Definition of DISABLE

:  to deprive of a mental or physical capacity


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