Definition of debilitating in English:


Syllabification: de·bil·i·tat·ing
Pronunciation: /diˈbiliˌtātiNG


  • 1(Of a disease or condition) making someone very weak and infirm: debilitating back pain
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    • The Department of Health has vowed to improve care services for chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers in recognition of the condition's debilitating effects.
    • Prof Martin Villet provides insight into an often debilitating set of illnesses.
    • Eight years on, Elinor is still ravaged by the debilitating skin condition.
  • 1.1Tending to weaken something: the debilitating effects of underinvestment
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    • Its sole purpose was to bleed the USSR in a debilitating conflict.
    • Shareholders have welcomed what they hope is an end to the debilitating row.
    • The second factor has to do with the debilitating effects of unearned privilege.



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  • There are women who suffer from debilitatingly excessive facial hair.
  • However, his most recent book proves him to be debilitatingly naive as well.
  • Berlin accuses expressionistic rhetoric of being ‘inherently and debilitatingly divisive of political protest’ and ‘easily co-opted by the very capitalist forces it opposes’.

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