- An example of disable is to stop a car from running by disconnecting the battery cables.
- An example of disable is for a horse to buck a rider causing the rider to lose the use of his legs.
To disable is defined as to make something not work that was working before, or to injure someone in a way that makes them unable to do something.
- to make unable, unfit, or ineffective; cripple; incapacitate
- to make legally incapable; disqualify legally
- Comput. to make (a device, a software function, etc.) inactive
transitive verbdis·a·bled, dis·a·bling, dis·a·bles
- To deprive of capability or effectiveness, especially to impair the physical abilities of.
- Law To render legally incapable of performing an act.
(third-person singular simple present disables, present participle , simple past and past participle disabled)
- To render unable; to take away an ability of.
- (chiefly of a person) To impair the physical or mental abilities of; to cause a serious, permanent injury.
- Falling off the horse disabled him.
- to deactivate a function of an electronical or mechanical device.
- The pilot had to disable the autopilot of his airplane.
(comparative more disable, superlative most disable)
- (obsolete) Lacking ability; unable.
dis- + able