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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
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Adj.1.debilitative - causing debilitation
debilitating - impairing the strength and vitality
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x/abstract) Roderick Peters described extreme nostalgia as debilitative, something "that persists and profoundly interferes with the individual's attempts to cope with his present circumstances.
21) Most imagery strategies can be categorized as facilitative (for example, imagining oneself performing well) or debilitative (for example, imagining oneself falling over while performing).
The athletes' answers to the questionnaire indicated their frequency of anxiety with a Likert 7-point scale (1 = never; 7 = very often); the intensity in a Likert 4-point scale (1 = nothing; 4 = a lot); and its direction (characterized as debilitative or as facilitative) with a Likert scale of 7 points (-3 = very difficult; +3 = greatly facilitates performance).
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Also, leadership, thinking doctrine of the mind, organizational and time limitations, professional knowledge and cognitive context can have a facilitative or debilitative role in Sensemaking (Huy 2011; Zhang, Soergel 2014).
Youngsters with the debilitative sleep problem narcolepsy face a postponement on being administered sodium oxybate which can ease symptoms.
Clearly, this is not the time to cut back on screening for conditions that stand to be debilitative and life-altering if left unchecked.
Considering the debilitative role of language anxiety and test anxiety in a Deutsch language classes, we should take measures to reduce both types of anxiety.
The power of negative labels seems to have a debilitative psychological effect on students in academic achievement.
It follows that a debilitative and facilitative anxiety model has been proposed by Jones (1995).
The author described facilitating anxiety as highly adaptive and motivating in a stressful situation compared to debilitative anxiety, which is more maladaptive in that it limits success in a stressful situation, consistent with the Yerkes Dodson hypothesis of arousal.
Inversely, musicians who viewed their anxiety symptoms as debilitative stated that their symptoms contributed to reduced enjoyment of playing, and practical problems, decreased control over their body, and that physiological arousal was a threat to their performance quality.