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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The taser is an electronic control device designed to incapacitate a subject without causing serious injury, Bunner said. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Two students experience a taser in the Rocky River Citizen Police Academy class," 12 Mar. 2018 So how did a bunch of crickets manage to incapacitate a collection of U.S. diplomats? Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Were the Cuban Embassy Sonic Attacks Actually Just Crickets?," 9 Jan. 2019 But in the documentary, Dee Dee had paperwork in order to basically say Gypsy was incapacitated mentally and couldn't think for herself. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Hulu’s The Act Is Horrifying, Human, and Hard to Stop Watching," 20 Mar. 2019 The lawsuit claims Albers was already incapacitated by the first two shots, leaving the van out of control as the officer fired the rest of his bullets. Joe Robertson, Ian Cummings And Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Lawsuit: Teen killed by Overland Park police was 'simply backing his mom's minivan' | The Kansas City Star," 17 Apr. 2018 The surprise birth triggered reviews by state agencies, highlighted safety concerns for patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated and prompted the resignations of Hacienda’s chief executive and one of the victim’s doctors. Jacques Billeaud, The Seattle Times, "Nurse accused of raping patient in Arizona pleads not guilty," 5 Feb. 2019 Big exceptions to this include injuries to the licensed driver of the car (though another licensed driver is permitted to safely move it) or if the vehicle is incapacitated. Doug Turnbull, ajc, "Gridlock Guy: Steering and clearing and when not to call police," 10 May 2018 During the incident, I was incapacitated without my consent and unable to fight off the boys raping me. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Kavanaugh calls Swetnick's 'gang rape' allegations a 'farce' during emotional Senate testimony," 27 Sep. 2018 With his exact condition and whereabouts unknown, rumors had swirled that he was incapacitated or dead. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Nigeria Gripped by Whether President Is a Clone. ‘It’s the Real Me, I Assure You.’," 10 Dec. 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 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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