3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Disable \Dis*a"ble\, adjective Lacking ability; unable. [Obs.] "Our disable and unactive force." --Daniel.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Disable \Dis*a"ble\ (?; 277), verb (used with an object) [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." --Shak.

Syn: To weaken; unfit; disqualify; incapacitate.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: make unable to perform a certain action; "disable this command on your computer" [syn: {disable}, {disenable}, {incapacitate}] [ant: {enable}]

2: injure permanently; "He was disabled in a car accident" [syn: {disable}, {invalid}, {incapacitate}, {handicap}]

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