verb (used with object), dis·a·bled, dis·a·bling.

  1. to make unable or unfit; weaken or destroy the capability of; incapacitate: The detective successfully disabled the bomb. He was disabled by the accident.
  2. to make legally incapable; disqualify.

verb (tr)

  1. to make ineffective, unfit, or incapable, as by crippling
  2. to make or pronounce legally incapable
  3. to switch off (an electronic device)

mid-15c., from dis- “do the opposite of” + ablen (v.) “to make fit” (see able). Related: Disabled; disabling. Earlier in the same sense was unable (v.) “make unfit, render unsuitable” (c.1400).

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