American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To sap the strength or energy of; enervate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To weaken; impair the strength of; enfeeble; make inactive or languid: as, intemperance debilitates the organs of digestion.
- Synonyms To enervate, exhaust.
- Weak; feeble.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To impair the strength of; to weaken; to enfeeble.
- v. make weak
- Latin debilitatus, past participle of debilitare ("to weaken, debilitate"), from the adjective debilis ("weak"), from de- + habilis ("able"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin dēbilitāre, dēbilitāt-, from dēbilis, weak; see bel- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Walsh details the struggle to resist neo-liberal agendas that promote privatization and debilitate communities in post-apartheid South Africa.”
“Over the past 25 years I've seen how the pain of chronic stomachaches and headaches can debilitate a child.”
“Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said military leaders wanted troops to remain through the end of 2012 to finish off the fighting season and give them the best chance to debilitate the Taliban.”
“For alternative views about the deeper issues that restrict, debilitate and deprive Muslim women of their rights and rightful place in society, check out an alternative website:”
“From its mildest to its most oppressive forms, Hijab hinders one or more of the senses and is part and parcel of a tradition to disable and debilitate women by limiting their power of movement and perception.”
“Although the producers of Waiting for 'Superman' and other Johnny-come-lately critics of public education may not be political reactionaries, they are nonetheless abetting a business-financed movement that seeks to debilitate unions and advance the privatization of the public schools.”
“Others, like the numerous doctors anecdotally consulted for this piece, side with the Medical examiners in Tarrant County citing the myriad and well-documented ways that prolonged drug use can debilitate the heart.”
“The use of infiltrators is but one component of a new Taliban strategy to target the heart of the Afghan security establishment all over the country in a bid to debilitate its ranks and make it appear incapable of protecting itself, much less the wider population.”
“This isn't as high as Italy or Greece, but it's rising fast toward the 90% level that begins to debilitate an economy.”
“Some South African ATMs have pepper-spray squirters that are intended to debilitate anyone who tries to tamper with them or install a card-skimmer.”
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