: to make ineffective or inoperative
- For victims of smartphone theft, the ultimate justice is hitting a button that disables the device, turning it into a worthless rectangular paperweight.
- —Heather Kelley
- … gene editing makes it possible to change or disable a single gene without changing the "meaning" of the rest of the genome.
- —Kat McGowan
: to impair physically or mentally : to cause disability in
- Automobile accidents kill nearly 50,000 people each year. … Accidents maim or disable another 80,000.
- —Matt Clark and Mary Hager
- Diet-related Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease disable and kill people …
- —Mark Bittman
: to deprive of legal right, qualification, or capacity
- … the injured party was released from the bonds of marriage; but the offender, during life, or a term of years, was disabled from the repetition of nuptials.
- —Edward Gibbon
Nor does it tackle the disablement of any North Korean program to enrich uranium.
Bipolar disorder is one of the world's 10 most disabling conditions, taking away years of healthy functioning from individuals who have the illness.
—David J. Kupfer
This is a rare, disabling pain disorder in which ordinary sensation such as touch, warmth and coolness are perceived as painful and minor knocks are agonizing.