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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.


producing or bringing about a weakened state
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.debilitative - causing debilitation
debilitating - impairing the strength and vitality
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The modified inventory included a directional scale to assess participants' perception of state anxiety as either debilitative or facilitative to performance (Jones & Swain, 1992).
Thus, anxiety may prove to be debilitative for athletes who predominately use approach coping strategies in pressure situations.
1999) and so should be perceived as debilitative of performance.
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Performers who have least confidence in their ability to control themselves and the environment in order to achieve their goals are suggested to experience debilitative symptoms associated with competitive anxiety (Borkovec, Metzger, & Prusinsky, 1986; Carver & Scheier, 1986, 1988; Jones & Hanton, 1996).
Participants in their study consisted of both high and low level competitors who rated the intensity of perceived anxiety symptoms as either facilitative or debilitative to performances.
This would also support the view (Hardy, 1990) that high self-confidence may protect against the potentially debilitative effects of anxiety.