disempower

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dis- +‎ empower

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disempower ‎(third-person singular simple present disempowers, present participle disempowering, simple past and past participle disempowered)

  1. To remove confidence from (someone) to do something.
    • 1990, Editors: Tim Brighouse and Bob Moon, Managing the National Curriculum, Harlow: Longman Group UK Ltd, page 97:
      A powerful head can sometimes disempower the teaching staff, and create among them a sort of passivity that is close to inertia.

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