from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make unable or incapable; prevent.
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- v. To disable; to disqualify.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To disable; to disqualify.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deprive of power, natural or moral; disable; deprive of ability or means.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make unable to perform a certain action
"They are trying to disenable us to reach out to the people," said
MEIR: First of all, a buffer zone will enable -- or will disenable any force, hostile force to launch multiple bombs into Israeli cites in the northern part, to kill enough soldiers, and to use all kinds of mines against Israeli patrols, because we have to make sure that this zone is clean of Hezbollah.
There are two things which hinder or disenable men from believing with faith divine and supernatural, when any divine revelation is objectively proposed unto them: -- First, The natural blindness and darkness of their minds, which are come upon all by the fall, and the depravation of their nature that ensued thereon.
The darkness of their own mind and inexpressible vanity, -- wherein I place the principal effect of our apostasy from God, -- do disenable, hinder, and divert them from such apprehensions.
An Indian captain was taken prisoner by the Spaniards, and for that he was of name, and known to have done his devoir against them, they cut off his hands, thereby intending to disenable him to fight any more against them.
Bold finished the number; and as he threw it aside, he thought that that at least had no direct appliance to Mr Harding, and that the absurdly strong colouring of the picture would disenable the work from doing either good or harm.
They meant also to distress us by accumulating our seamen in their prisons; and this they imagined would disenable us from manning our men of war, or sending out privateers.
A Journal of a Young Man of Massachusetts, 2nd ed. Late A Surgeon On Board An American Privateer, Who Was Captured At Sea By The British, In May, Eighteen Hundred And Thirteen, And Was Confined First, At Melville Island, Halifax, Then At Chatham, In England ... And Last, At Dartmoor Prison. Interspersed With Observations, Anecdotes And Remarks, Tending To Illustrate The Moral And Political Characters Of Three Nations. To Which Is Added, A Correct Engraving Of Dartmoor Prison, Representing The Massacre Of American Prisoners, Written By Himself.
But this I will beg of God for you both that you may not faint in this day of trial, — that you may have a clear view of those spiritual and temporal mercies wherewith you are yet intrusted (all undeserved), — that sorrow of the world may not so overtake your hearts as to disenable to any duties, to grieve the Spirit, to prejudice your lives; for it tends to death.
a calamity before it comes, will exhaust our strength and spirits so far, as to disenable us to grapple with it, when it is come.
"An Indian captain was taken prisoner by the Spaniards, and for that he was of name, and known to have done his devoir against them, they cut off his hands, thereby intending to disenable him to fight any more against them.