disable

disable
Ordinarily, to take away the ability of, to render incapable of proper and effective action. Federal Union Life Ins. Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio v. Richey's Adm'x, 256 Ky. 262, 75 S.W.2d 767, 768.
- disability. In the old language of pleading, to disable is to take advantage of one's own or another's disability. Thus, it was an express maxim of the common law that the party shall "not disable himself; but "this disability to disable himself is personal." Disabled person. Person who lacks legal capacity to act sui juris or one who is physically or mentally disabled from acting in his own behalf or from pursuing occupation.

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • disable — adj. (Québec) Fam. C est pas disable: c est extraordinaire. C est pas disable comme il est beau! …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • disable — UK US /dɪˈseɪbl/ verb [T] IT ► to turn off a part of a computer system, or stop it from working in the normal way: »To disable a program or device, right click its listing under the appropriate category and choose Disable …   Financial and business terms

  • Disable — Dis*a ble, a. Lacking ability; unable. [Obs.] Our disable and unactive force. Daniel. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disable — dis·able vt dis·abled, dis·abl·ing 1: to deprive of legal right, qualification, or capacity 2: to make incapable or ineffective; specif: to cause to have a disability dis·able·ment n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disable — mid 15c., from DIS (Cf. dis ) do the opposite of + ablen (v.) to make fit (see ABLE (Cf. able)). Related: DISABLED (Cf. Disabled); disabling. Earlier in the same sense was unable (v.) make unfit, render unsuitable (c.1400) …   Etymology dictionary

  • disable — cripple, undermine, *weaken, enfeeble, debilitate, sap Analogous words: *injure, damage, harm, hurt, impair, mar, spoil: *maim, mutilate, mangle, batter: *ruin, wreck Antonyms: rehabilitate (a disabled person) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • disable — [v] render inoperative; cripple attenuate, batter, blunt, damage, debilitate, disarm, disenable, disqualify, enervate, enfeeble, exhaust, hamstring*, handicap, harm, hock*, hogtie*, hurt, immobilize, impair, incapacitate, invalidate, kibosh*,… …   New thesaurus

  • disable — ► VERB 1) (of a disease, injury, or accident) limit (someone) in their movements, senses, or activities. 2) put out of action. DERIVATIVES disablement noun …   English terms dictionary

  • disable — [dis ā′bəl, dis′ā′bəl] vt. disabled, disabling 1. to make unable, unfit, or ineffective; cripple; incapacitate 2. to make legally incapable; disqualify legally SYN. MAIM disablement n …   English World dictionary

  • disable — UK [dɪsˈeɪb(ə)l] / US verb [transitive] Word forms disable : present tense I/you/we/they disable he/she/it disables present participle disabling past tense disabled past participle disabled 1) to stop a machine or piece of equipment from working… …   English dictionary

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