Definition of debilitating in English:

debilitating

adjective

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

    ‘debilitating back pain’
    • ‘In addition to the debilitating effect of a migraine attack, sufferers report a significant impact on their quality of life between attacks.’
    • ‘Some years ago, following a debilitating illness, I started to fill the seemingly limitless days of convalescence by expanding my programming skills.’
    • ‘Tacrine does not prevent Alzheimer's; it seems to slow development of the debilitating symptoms somewhat.’
    • ‘Prof Martin Villet provides insight into an often debilitating set of illnesses.’
    • ‘The Department of Health has vowed to improve care services for chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers in recognition of the condition's debilitating effects.’
    • ‘A sales director is putting in a marathon fundraising effort to help fight the debilitating disease affecting his wife.’
    • ‘In non-fatal mishaps, we all know that motorcyclists stand an increased likelihood of sustaining a permanent debilitating injury.’
    • ‘MS is a debilitating autoimmune disease affecting the quality of life of sufferers over many years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An increasing number of healthy individuals are also choosing to be vaccinated annually to avoid a potentially debilitating illness.’
    • ‘Repetitive, high-frequency overload delivered to a malaligned extensor mechanism yields persistent, debilitating, unremitting pain in some athletes.’
    • ‘Approximately 10 % to 15 % of women in the U.S. suffer from the sometimes debilitating disorder.’
    • ‘Heartfelt tributes have been pouring in following the death of horse rider Fiona Gale who suffered from a debilitating form of asthma.’
    • ‘Scientists believe they may have identified the cause of the debilitating sleep disorder narcolepsy in humans.’
    • ‘Moreover, the plasma treatment is only effective for patients with sudden debilitating attacks rather than slowly worsening symptoms.’
    • ‘Now her mother is in the final stages of this debilitating disease.’
    • ‘Many people spend a substantial part of old age in a debilitating condition.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Tending to weaken something.
      ‘the debilitating effects of underinvestment’
      • ‘Well, I think the entertainment industry has been one of the most debilitating factors in our nation's moral decline.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The debilitating wars of survival that continued until 1815 did eventually confirm the patriotic self-esteem of Britons.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Poor customer care can have a debilitating effect on a business.’
      • ‘In respect of the Champions League, Arsenal have betrayed a debilitating weakness for falling at the group stages.’
      • ‘He unfortunately relies on philosophical categories that imply the debilitating skepticism he argues is incompatible with true liberalism.’
      • ‘His father, a distinguished Marxist academic, resigned from Labour during one of its debilitating civil wars.’
      • ‘Operation Allied Force was indicative of the debilitating influence of negative political objectives on positive military objectives.’
      • ‘If nationalism was a principal cause of the war, the four-year struggle merely intensified its importance and worsened its debilitating effects.’
      • ‘The debilitating disease of prejudice and tribalism is alive and spreading among our brothers and sisters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The second factor has to do with the debilitating effects of unearned privilege.’
      • ‘Its most debilitating effect is the erasure of the experience of racism and sexism for black women.’
      • ‘Shareholders have welcomed what they hope is an end to the debilitating row.’
      • ‘There were also calls to revive the issues that had been subject to a debilitating conspiracy of silence.’
      • ‘Its sole purpose was to bleed the USSR in a debilitating conflict.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A final debilitating difficulty was an almost total lack of standardisation.’

Pronunciation

debilitating

/dəˈbɪləˌteɪdɪŋ//dəˈbiləˌtādiNG/