incapacitate

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verb in·ca·pac·i·tate \ˌin-kə-ˈpa-sə-ˌtāt\

Definition of incapacitate

incapacitated

;

incapacitating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make legally incapable or ineligible

  3. 2 :  to deprive of capacity or natural power :  disable

incapacitation

play \ˌin-kə-ˌpa-sə-ˈtā-shən\ noun

Examples of incapacitate in a Sentence

  1. The class teaches you how to incapacitate an attacker.

  2. The stroke left her completely incapacitated.

  3. He was incapacitated by the pain.

  4. a computer system incapacitated by software problems

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First Known Use of incapacitate

1657


INCAPACITATE Defined for English Language Learners

incapacitate

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Definition of incapacitate for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

incapacitate

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transitive verb in·ca·pac·i·tate \ˌin-kə-ˈpa-sə-ˌtāt\

Legal Definition of incapacitate

incapacitated

incapacitating

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

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

incapacitation

\-ˌpa-sə-ˈtā-shən\ play noun


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