Disable Dis*a"ble (?; 277), 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. [1913 Webster]

A Christian's life is a perpetual exercise, a wrestling and warfare, for which sensual pleasure disables him. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

And had performed it, if my known offense Had not disabled me. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

I have disabled mine estate. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) To deprive of legal right or qualification; to render legally incapable. [1913 Webster]

An attainder of the ancestor corrupts the blood, and disables his children to inherit. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

3. To deprive of that which gives value or estimation; to declare lacking in competency; to disparage; to undervalue. [Obs.] ``He disabled my judgment.'' --Shak.

Syn: To weaken; unfit; disqualify; incapacitate. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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