Definition of debilitating in US English:

debilitating

adjective

  • 1(of a disease or condition) making someone very weak and infirm.

    ‘debilitating back pain’
    • ‘An increasing number of healthy individuals are also choosing to be vaccinated annually to avoid a potentially debilitating illness.’
    • ‘Prof Martin Villet provides insight into an often debilitating set of illnesses.’
    • ‘Now her mother is in the final stages of this debilitating disease.’
    • ‘MS is a debilitating autoimmune disease affecting the quality of life of sufferers over many years.’
    • ‘Some years ago, following a debilitating illness, I started to fill the seemingly limitless days of convalescence by expanding my programming skills.’
    • ‘A father whose 19-year-old daughter died from cystic fibrosis says a cure needs to be found now for the debilitating disease.’
    • ‘With improved strength, they'll prevent debilitating injuries.’
    • ‘In addition to the debilitating effect of a migraine attack, sufferers report a significant impact on their quality of life between attacks.’
    • ‘Unchecked, the disorder often sets in motion a debilitating psychological sequel syndrome of agoraphobia, avoiding public places.’
    • ‘Eight years on, Elinor is still ravaged by the debilitating skin condition.’
    • ‘A sales director is putting in a marathon fundraising effort to help fight the debilitating disease affecting his wife.’
    • ‘Heartfelt tributes have been pouring in following the death of horse rider Fiona Gale who suffered from a debilitating form of asthma.’
    • ‘Repetitive, high-frequency overload delivered to a malaligned extensor mechanism yields persistent, debilitating, unremitting pain in some athletes.’
    • ‘Moreover, the plasma treatment is only effective for patients with sudden debilitating attacks rather than slowly worsening symptoms.’
    • ‘Tacrine does not prevent Alzheimer's; it seems to slow development of the debilitating symptoms somewhat.’
    • ‘In non-fatal mishaps, we all know that motorcyclists stand an increased likelihood of sustaining a permanent debilitating injury.’
    • ‘Approximately 10 % to 15 % of women in the U.S. suffer from the sometimes debilitating disorder.’
    • ‘Scientists believe they may have identified the cause of the debilitating sleep disorder narcolepsy in humans.’
    • ‘The Department of Health has vowed to improve care services for chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers in recognition of the condition's debilitating effects.’
    • ‘Many people spend a substantial part of old age in a debilitating condition.’
    1. 1.1 Tending to weaken something.
      ‘the debilitating effects of underinvestment’
      • ‘Operation Allied Force was indicative of the debilitating influence of negative political objectives on positive military objectives.’
      • ‘Well, I think the entertainment industry has been one of the most debilitating factors in our nation's moral decline.’
      • ‘The debilitating wars of survival that continued until 1815 did eventually confirm the patriotic self-esteem of Britons.’
      • ‘A final debilitating difficulty was an almost total lack of standardisation.’
      • ‘His father, a distinguished Marxist academic, resigned from Labour during one of its debilitating civil wars.’
      • ‘The second factor has to do with the debilitating effects of unearned privilege.’
      • ‘Its sole purpose was to bleed the USSR in a debilitating conflict.’
      • ‘There were also calls to revive the issues that had been subject to a debilitating conspiracy of silence.’
      • ‘Poor customer care can have a debilitating effect on a business.’
      • ‘In a letter of grievance over his July 14 firing, Smith says he was subject to "severe and debilitating harassment" over the 18 months preceding his dismissal.’
      • ‘He unfortunately relies on philosophical categories that imply the debilitating skepticism he argues is incompatible with true liberalism.’
      • ‘The debilitating disease of prejudice and tribalism is alive and spreading among our brothers and sisters.’
      • ‘Its most debilitating effect is the erasure of the experience of racism and sexism for black women.’
      • ‘If nationalism was a principal cause of the war, the four-year struggle merely intensified its importance and worsened its debilitating effects.’
      • ‘The community of Engcobo near here expressed their anger this week at the frequent and debilitating power failures which also cut the water supply to the town.’
      • ‘Shareholders have welcomed what they hope is an end to the debilitating row.’
      • ‘Depending on how one employs it, local media has the potential to be either a great stabilizing force or a debilitating factor on the local audience.’
      • ‘Weeks before a prospective invasion of Iraq, the oil-rich state has doubled its exports of oil to America, helping US refineries cope with a debilitating strike in Venezuela.’
      • ‘In respect of the Champions League, Arsenal have betrayed a debilitating weakness for falling at the group stages.’
      • ‘The programmes will also include personal testimony from Iraqis to help them deal with the trauma of war and its debilitating effect on people trying to rebuild their lives.’

Pronunciation

debilitating

/dəˈbɪləˌteɪdɪŋ//dəˈbiləˌtādiNG/