1. unable to act, respond, or the like (often used euphemistically when one is busy or otherwise occupied): He can’t come to the phone now—he’s incapacitated.

verb (used with object), in·ca·pac·i·tat·ed, in·ca·pac·i·tat·ing.

  1. to deprive of ability, qualification, or strength; make incapable or unfit; disable.
  2. Law. to deprive of the legal power to act in a specified way or ways.

verb (tr)

  1. to deprive of power, strength, or capacity; disable
  2. to deprive of legal capacity or eligibility

1650s, from incapacity + -ate. Related: Incapacitated; incapacitating.

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