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
Even more impressively, already-obese mice whose olfactory senses were temporarily disabled quietly returned to normal size without changing their diet.
Environmental advocates have watched in horror as Pruitt has worked to disable the authority of the agency charged with protecting the nation’s air, water and public health.
Computers were disabled at banks, government agencies, energy companies, supermarkets, railways and telecommunications providers.
Here's how to disable this profile and social media preferences.
Brandon Finnegan left his start Sunday – his first since being disabled in April – with essentially the same injury.
After Zillow's letter, Wagner temporarily disabled the domain name, making her blog unviewable.
They can also be adjusted to destroy or disable different materials with greater precision, which could help reduce civilian casualties in warfare, especially when fired from attack helicopters.
The suspect then tried to drive away from the accident, but his pick-up truck had been disabled by the two crashes, and he was taken into custody, according to police.
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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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