incapacitate

verb
in·ca·pac·i·tate | \ ˌin-kə-ˈpa-sə-ˌtāt \
incapacitated; incapacitating

Definition of incapacitate 

transitive verb

1 : to make legally incapable or ineligible

2 : to deprive of capacity or natural power : disable

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incapacitation \ˌin-kə-ˌpa-sə-ˈtā-shən \ noun

Synonyms for incapacitate

Synonyms

cripple, disable, lame, maim, mutilate

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Examples of incapacitate in a Sentence

The class teaches you how to incapacitate an attacker. The stroke left her completely incapacitated. He was incapacitated by the pain. a computer system incapacitated by software problems
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Legal analysts looked to Abu Khattala’s sentencing and whether the government can effectively incapacitate him as likely to influence decisions whether to use civilian courts for similar prosecutions in the future. Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, "Libyan militia leader to be sentenced in 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed U.S. ambassador," 27 June 2018 Foutris noted that Rialmo went into the encounter without pepper spray or a Taser, a device that can incapacitate a person with an electric jolt. Dan Hinkel, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago cop Robert Rialmo takes stand at civil trial over his fatal shooting of 2," 19 June 2018 Jonathan Conricus said that last week aircraft struck a position belonging to Hamas’ naval forces in northern Gaza that incapacitated its first-of-a-kind tunnel to the sea. Ian Deitch, The Seattle Times, "Israel says it destroys land-to-sea Hamas tunnel in Gaza," 10 June 2018 In addition, Heidi Thomas, Chelan Lasha, Janice Baker-Kinney and Lise-Lotte Lublin each testified last week that Cosby incapacitated them with drugs or wine and then assaulted them in separate incidents decades ago. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Bill Cosby's trial pushes to its finale after a newsworthy two weeks," 22 Apr. 2018 Constand says the comedian manipulated her into taking pills that incapacitated her, then groped her breasts and penetrated her digitally. Laura King, latimes.com, "Flying in the face of the #MeToo movement, Cosby's attorney slams accuser as 'con artist'," 10 Apr. 2018 Madrigal wouldn’t comply with police commands, and officers fired five bean bag rounds at him to incapacitate him before arresting him, reported AZ Family. Gabby Ferreira And Don Sweeney, sacbee, "She confessed to affair with 'better lover.' He beat her with a tire iron at Walmart, cops say," 9 July 2018 Besides taking over should the governor die or otherwise be incapacitated, the lieutenant governor traditionally has been assigned by the governor to oversee a state department. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "Mary Taylor has become one of Gov. John Kasich's biggest critics. So why does she still work for him?," 20 Mar. 2018 Correction commissioner Thomas Turco III decided that Phillips isn’t incapacitated enough to be freed. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "At Department of Correction, a death of compassion," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of incapacitate

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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incapacitate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of incapacitate

: to make (someone or something) unable to work, move, or function in the usual way

incapacitate

transitive verb
in·ca·pac·i·tate | \ ˌin-kə-ˈpa-sə-ˌtāt \
incapacitated; incapacitating

Legal Definition of incapacitate 

1 : to make legally incapable or ineligible mental illness alone will not incapacitate a person from making a valid contractLandmark Med. Ctr. v. Gauthier, 635 A.2d 1145 (1994)

2 : to deprive of capacity or natural power an injury that incapacitates the employee

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incapacitation \-ˌpa-sə-ˈtā-shən \ noun

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