Dis·a·ble v. t. [imp. & p. p. Disabled p. pr. & vb. n. Disabling ]
1. 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.
A Christian's life is a perpetual exercise, a wrestling and warfare, for which sensual pleasure disables him. --Jer. Taylor.
And had performed it, if my known offense
Had not disabled me. --Milton.
I have disabled mine estate. --Shak.
2. Law To deprive of legal right or qualification; to render legally incapable.
An attainder of the ancestor corrupts the blood, and disables his children to inherit. --Blackstone.
3. To deprive of that which gives value or estimation; to declare lacking in competency; to disparage; to undervalue. [Obs.] “He disabled my judgment.”
Syn: -- To weaken; unfit; disqualify; incapacitate.
adj 1: incapacitated by injury or illness [syn: handicapped, incapacitated]
2: so badly injured as to be unable to continue; "disabled
veterans" [syn: hors de combat, out of action]
n : people who are crippled or otherwise physically handicapped;
"technology to help the elderly and the disabled"