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tr.v. de·bil·i·tat·ed, de·bil·i·tat·ing, de·bil·i·tates
To sap the strength or energy of; enervate.

[Latin dēbilitāre, dēbilitāt-, from dēbilis, weak; see bel- in Indo-European roots.]

de·bil′i·ta′tion n.
de·bil′i·ta′tive adj.
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Noun1.debilitation - serious weakening and loss of energydebilitation - serious weakening and loss of energy
weakening - becoming weaker


The depletion or sapping of strength or energy:
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