incapacitate

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Mid-17th century, from incapacity +‎ -ate.

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incapacitate (third-person singular simple present incapacitates, present participle incapacitating, simple past and past participle incapacitated) (transitive)

  1. To make someone or something incapable of doing something; to disable.
    The police officer was incapacitated by a blow to the head.
  2. (law) To make someone ineligible; to disqualify.

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