in·​ca·​pac·​i·​tat·​ed ˌin-kə-ˈpa-sə-ˌtā-təd How to pronounce incapacitated (audio)
: deprived of capacity or natural power : made incapable of or unfit for normal functioning
… can care for cats while the owners are away or are temporarily incapacitated and unable to care for their pets. Karen Commings
… when an incapacitated patient hasn't left a living will or designated someone to make his or her medical decisions, families agree on what to do anyway in about two-thirds of the cases … Jeff Chu et al.
Eventually, he [Washington Roebling] became bedridden, in a room that overlooked the bridge under construction, with Emily effectively serving as assistant engineer and intermediary between the incapacitated chief engineer and his lieutenants on the construction site. Henry Petroski

Word History

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of incapacitated was in 1769

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“Incapacitated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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