incapacitate incapacitate  /ɪn kə ˈpæ sɪ ˌteɪt/


  1. (v) make unable to perform a certain action
  2. (v) injure permanently


  1. They were not meant to kill, just incapacitate, confuse, says the inspector.
  2. What has given everyone the jitters is a colorless, almost odorless nerve gas coded GB, able to kill or incapacitate human beings within seconds.
  3. Johan Koekemoer said he was told the drug would be used to incapacitate enemies of the apartheid regime.



  1. Rules applicable in ordinary criminal cases, Judge Mukasey wrote last month in The Wall Street Journal, "do not protect a society that must gather information about, and at least incapacitate, people who have cosmic goals that they are intent on...
    on Sep 20, 2007 By: Michael Mukasey Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. ...Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said that previously local law enforcement might arrest gang members and not be aware they also had immigration violations that could be used "to incapacitate violent criminals."
    on Mar 10, 2006 By: Michael Chertoff Source: San Francisco Chronicle

  3. "There is a hard core of jihadist fundamentalists who we can't negotiate with," Obama said in February. "We have to hunt them down and knock them out. Incapacitate them."
    on May 1, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Chicago Tribune

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