incapacitate

verb
in·​ca·​pac·​i·​tate | \ ˌin-kə-ˈpa-sə-ˌtāt How to pronounce incapacitate (audio) \
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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Other Words from incapacitate

incapacitation \ ˌin-​kə-​ˌpa-​sə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce incapacitation (audio) \ noun

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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Recent Examples on the Web Magazines holding cartridges powerful enough to incapacitate an assailant with one hit could hold 10 rounds, while those with less effective cartridges would be allowed a few more. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Don’t dry up the San Luis Valley (9/22/19)," 22 Sep. 2019 Were Merkel to be incapacitated, Steinmeier would appoint a cabinet minister as acting chancellor until parliament elects a new chancellor, according to Reuters. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "Angela Merkel seen shaking in public for third time in a month," 10 July 2019 This part of the amendment has been applied, without fanfare, a couple of times when a president was going to be briefly incapacitated because of anesthesia. The Conversation, oregonlive.com, "Here’s an expert’s opinion on why Trump haters shouldn’t expect help from 25th Amendment," 15 June 2019 In two court hearings, prosecutors also have indicated Kantor used drugs to incapacitate at least some of the accusers. Dan Morse, baltimoresun.com, "Four women say he raped them after they’d passed out. Will a new Maryland law enable all four to testify?," 10 June 2019 Police in Wyoming used Tasers to incapacitate a moose that had become tangled in a hammock before freeing the unfortunate animal. Fox News, "Cops use Tasers to incapacitate and free moose tangled in a hammock," 11 Sep. 2019 Last winter, when a blizzard was forecasted to potentially incapacitate the New York City metropolitan area, city leaders made a 6 p.m. decision to close schools the next day. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How better weather forecasts are changing the way cities are run," 26 July 2019 When Massachusetts lawmakers approved a program to release prisoners who are incapacitated or terminally ill, proponents hailed it as a compassionate, practical measure that could save taxpayers millions in health care costs. Gal Tziperman Lotan, BostonGlobe.com, "In first year of medical parole, just four inmates granted reprieve," 15 July 2019 Under the act, states removed voters for not voting, moving between voting districts, death, committing a disqualifying crime, or being judged mentally incapacitated. NBC News, "States removed 17 million voters from rolls in two years, government agency says," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of incapacitate

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of incapacitate was in 1657

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incapacitate

verb
How to pronounce incapacitate (audio)

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 How to pronounce incapacitate (audio) \
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

Other Words from incapacitate

incapacitation \ -​ˌpa-​sə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce incapacitation (audio) \ noun

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