• WordNet 3.6
    • v debilitate make weak "Life in the camp drained him"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Debilitate To impair the strength of; to weaken; to enfeeble; as, to debilitate the body by intemperance. "Various ails debilitate the mind.""The debilitated frame of Mr. Bertram was exhausted by this last effort."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • debilitate To weaken; impair the strength of; enfeeble; make inactive or languid: as, intemperance debilitates the organs of digestion.
    • debilitate Synonyms To enervate, exhaust.
    • debilitate Weak; feeble.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Debilitate de-bil′i-tāt to make weak: to impair the strength of
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  • H. A. Hopf
    H. A. Hopf
    “Indecision is debilitating; it feeds upon itself; it is, one might almost say, habit-forming. Not only that, but it is contagious; it transmits itself to others.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. debilitatus, p. p. of debilitare, to debilitate, fr. debilis,. See Debility
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. debilitāre, ātumdebilis, weak—de, not, habilis, able. See Ability.


In literature:

This spirit of despair was now debilitating everybody.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
Of course that kind o' work tends to debilitate the best kind o' money.
"Sonnie-Boy's People" by James B. Connolly
Here he suffered an attack of cholera, which much debilitated his already wasted strength.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
But still, in the back of our mind, the debilitating influence of fall fever was at work.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley
Debilitated individuals, especially children, are more prone to an attack.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
Though the powerful mind of Galileo still retained its vigour, yet his debilitated frame was exhausted with mental labour.
"The Martyrs of Science, or, The lives of Galileo, Tycho Brahe, and Kepler" by David Brewster
Much culture has debilitated them.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Returned to city (New York) two weeks after this, in a very debilitated condition.
"The Electric Bath" by George M. Schweig
The same debilitating effect and the same injurious influences often result from the neglect of other organic wastes.
"Village Improvements and Farm Villages" by George E. Waring
Everything, save one or two spots all fire or all darkness, was dim in his debilitated mind.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
They impair the memory, debilitate the understanding, and pervert the moral faculties.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
The exceedingly debilitating effect of night-sweats is well known.
"Prof. Koch's Method to Cure Tuberculosis Popularly Treated" by Max Birnbaum
This heat would not be debilitating were it not for the extreme humidity of the atmosphere.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
Light debilitates in fevers, i.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
The outlook is always good; and even in the case of weak and debilitated patients, there is excellent chance of cure.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
But in his debilitated condition, his ancient power had well-nigh departed.
"John Knox" by Wm. M. Taylor
His wound was painful, and he was so debilitated that he was unable to discharge his duties.
"The Boys of '61" by Charles Carleton Coffin
A gentle drowsiness seems universally prevalent, a pleasant fatigue which is debilitating and dangerous.
"Romain Rolland" by Stefan Zweig
I yet remember, young as I then was, the return of the debilitated but happy sufferer, after his discharge, "as cured," from the Hospital.
"Memorials of the Sea" by William Scoresby
There might be side factors, perhaps long-standing debilitation.
"Sense of Obligation" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)

In poetry:

His body, by sheer sloth oppress'd,
Was unprepar'd for food or rest;
His mind, debilitated grown,
For want of use had lost its tone.
"The Cobbler" by William Hutton

In news:

How to avoid this common and debilitating injury.
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A day in the garden has put a Naples, Florida woman in the ICU with a debilitating disease.
The state's effort to improve teacher evaluations may be debilitating for Brooklyn and other small school districts.
But none took a more debilitating hit than Revel, which has been burning through cash at an alarming rate and which generated just $6.2 million from gamblers last month.
I believe that when voters review the facts, they will have compassion for patients who are suffering from debilitating conditions.
After battling Crohn 's disease in private, the former New England Patriot opens up about what it's like to live—and play—with the debilitating disorder.
His wife tells a newspaper her husband collapsed and had "debilitating" depression .
A chronic illness can become debilitating if not managed properly.
Eighty to 90 percent of Americans experience debilitating back pain at some point in their lives.
Chronic fatigue syndrome causes a host of debilitating symptoms: profound exhaustion , disordered sleep, muscle and joint pain and severe cognitive problems, among others.
A controversial gene therapy technique has produced human embryos free of defective maternal genes responsible for rare, debilitating diseases.
WASHINGTON (AP) — When lawmakers return to Washington on Monday, they face big issues, including taxes, spending cuts and the prospect of a debilitating "fiscal cliff" in January.
He joins hundreds of former players who say repeated head injuries they suffered on the field have produced debilitating health effects.
The blossoming revolution in genetic medicine, with its promise for solving scores of debilitating diseases, could be derailed if government fails to develop comprehensive privacy protections, a federal advisory panel warned on Thursday.
Emotional hijacks happen every day, often unconsciously, often with debilitating results.

In science:

So, leakage error induces small inefficiency for each gate (at a level of a few percents), which is not debilitating for experimental quantum computing up to dozens of CPF gates even without quantum error correction.
Scalable photonic quantum computation through cavity-assisted interaction
The debilitating effects of the atmosphere are largely confi ned to a thin turbulent surface boundary layer.
Astronomy in Antarctica
In addition to the debilitating effects on image quality caused by turbulence, the surface layer also poses an engineering challenge for two further reasons.
Astronomy in Antarctica
However, both simple theory and detailed numerical simulations universally indicate that the νe burst and photodissociation of the infalling nuclei debilitate the shock wave into accretion within ∼5 milliseconds of bounce.
Perspectives on Core-Collapse Supernova Theory
Nevertheless, none of the perceived consistency complications are debilitating, at least for even-NB systems .
Membranes and Consistent Quantization of Nambu Dynamics
This orbit reduced bot h the debilitating effects of occultation by the Earth and the amount of time spent in the radiation belts.
The Making of the Chandra X-ray Observatory: the Project Scientist's Perspective
In this paper, we show the debilitating effects of sample selection bias on the problem of automated classification of variable stars from their observed light curves.
Active Learning to Overcome Sample Selection Bias: Application to Photometric Variable Star Classification
These debilitating effects are also seen in existing catalogs such as the ACVS (Po jmanski 2000, Po jmanski et al. 2005), whose use of training data from OGLE plus from an early ASAS release yields a supervised classifier that is only confident on 24% of all sources.
Active Learning to Overcome Sample Selection Bias: Application to Photometric Variable Star Classification
An additional, more debilitating drawback is that IW requires the support of the testing distribution be a subset of the support of the training distribution7 , which, in the types of supervised learning problems common in astrophysics, is rarely the case.
Active Learning to Overcome Sample Selection Bias: Application to Photometric Variable Star Classification
However, the best transport calculations reveal that Yl is far too low, neutrino losses when the shock breaks out of the neutrinospheres are far too large, and nuclear dissociation is far too debilitating for the prompt mechanism to be salvaged [23,57].
Towards a Synthesis of Core-Collapse Supernova Theory