One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A substance capable of temporarily incapacitating a person without wounding or killing them.
- ‘Several scientists said the United States had conducted research on Fentanyl, a well-known drug with many medical applications, as a human incapacitant for nearly a decade.’
- ‘We have heard reports of the possibility of the US using in incapacitants, riot control agents.’
- ‘There are also a variety of chemical incapacitants.’
- ‘Sure, incapacitants might be banned during war, goes the argument, but how do you define war?’
- ‘Tear gas, pepper spray and other incapacitants may be legally used on your own territory for the purposes of policing.’
1960s: from incapacitate + -ant.
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