from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To deprive of capability or effectiveness, especially to impair the physical abilities of.
  • transitive v. Law To render legally disqualified.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To render unable; to take away an ability of.
  • v. To impair the physical or mental abilities of; to cause a serious, permanent injury.
  • v. to deactivate a function of an electronical or mechanical device.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lacking ability; unable.
  • transitive v. To render unable or incapable; to destroy the force, vigor, or power of action of; to deprive of competent physical or intellectual power; to incapacitate; to disqualify; to make incompetent or unfit for service; to impair.
  • transitive v. To deprive of legal right or qualification; to render legally incapable.
  • transitive v. To deprive of that which gives value or estimation; to declare lacking in competency; to disparage; to undervalue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To render unable; deprive of ability, physical, mental, or legal; weaken or destroy the capability of; cripple or incapacitate: as, a ship is disabled by a storm or a battle; a race-horse is disabled by lameness; loss of memory disables a teacher.
  • To impair; diminish; impoverish.
  • To pronounce incapable; hence, to detract from; disparage; undervalue.
  • Synonyms To cripple, paralyze, enfeeble, unfit, disqualify.
  • Wanting ability; incompetent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. injure permanently
  • v. make unable to perform a certain action


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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