One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the gunfire could kill or disable the pilot’
incapacitate, impair, damage, put out of action, make powerless, render powerless, weaken, enfeeble, debilitate, indispose, make unfit
immobilize, hamstring, paralyse, prostrate
2‘the bomb squad disabled the device’
deactivate, defuse, disarm, render inoperative, make ineffective, put out of action, make harmless
3‘after the Restoration he was disabled from holding public office’
disqualify, prevent, invalidate, declare incapable, rule out, preclude, debar, prohibit, disentitle
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