Definition of disable
1a : to make ineffective or inoperative disable a bomb 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 McGowanb : 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
2 : 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
disablementplay \-bəl-mənt\ noun physical disablement Nor does it tackle the disablement of any North Korean program to enrich uranium. — Thomas Omestad
disablingadjective 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. — Maia Szalavitz
Examples of disable in a Sentence
a promising athlete who was severely disabled in a plane crash
disabled the controls for unauthorized users
Recent Examples of disable from the Web
The other measure would streamline the process by which families of officers killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty can receive financial support.
Google would work with websites to set up messages telling users to disable their blockers for the site or pay for a version of it with no ads.
In the second are more than 25 friends and acquaintances whom Gordon — disabled by degenerative motor neuron disease — can call on for a ride to the doctor or a trip to the grocery store.
Mr. Shields had seen a friend die from a painful and disabling disease.
Another claims to disable the Activation feature entirely.
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Definition of disable for Students
: to make unable or incapable He disabled the computer system.
Legal Definition of disable
1 : to deprive of legal right, qualification, or capacity
2 : to make incapable or ineffective; specifically : to cause to have a disability
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