from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To deprive of power or influence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To remove confidence from (someone) to do something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To deprive of power; to divest of strength.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To divest or deprive of power or authority previously conferred or enjoyed.
He said both government and the media had to ensure that they did not "disempower" people.
In this country, you can't buy a cell phone or take a job without agreeing to disempower yourself.
More from the Yale study: campaigns that focus solely on the negative consequences of HIV infection may serve to disempower men with HIV by making them appear weak, helpless or diseased; depictions of visible symptoms reinforce commonly held beliefs...
If I accept responsibility for my actions I am empowered to not do it again, if I blame myself for my actions I disempower myself and am likely to be unable to do any better next time.
And it requires active limit setting to avoid stepping into the traps that ultimately disempower girls as they grow into adult women.
There has to be a better way to empower a population looking to disempower the same regime we wish to destabilize.
It's something that affects us all, and just like the song "Universal Soldier" is about individual responsibilities for war, we all are responsible, I think, if we allow greedy guys, whoever they are, wherever they come from, to disempower the future by controlling everything, especially something like uranium, which is so volatile and so involved in bombs and war and cancer.
Obama must remember that ignoring change does not end it and that diminishing change does not disempower it.
History has shown that the way to disempower a group is to hide its members away, be it in ghettos, in internment "camps," in prisons, or in burqas.
Walker, who has drawn large protests and national attention for a proposal to disempower his state's public employee unions, took part in the meetings by telephone.