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Meaning of DISABLE

Pronunciation:  dis'eybul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  injure permanently; "He was disabled in a car accident"
  2. [v]  make unable to perform a certain action; "disable this command on your computer"

DISABLE is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: disenable, handicap, incapacitate, incapacitate, invalid
 Antonyms: enable
 See Also: alter, change, confine, hold, injure, lay up, nobble, pinion, restrain, wound



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dis*a"ble\, a.
    Lacking ability; unable. [Obs.] ``Our disable and unactive
    force.'' --Daniel.
  2. \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
             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.
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