disable etymology

English word disable comes from English despiteous, English able

Detailed word origin of disable

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
despiteous English (eng) Dispiteous.. Full of contempt or ill will; opprobrious; insulting.
able English (eng) (military) The letter "A".Joint_Army/Navy_Phonetic_Alphabet (legal) Legally qualified or competent. [First attested in the early 18th century.]. (nautical) Capable of performing all the requisite duties; as an able seaman. [First attested in the late 18th century.]. (obsolete) Rich; well-to-do. [Attested from the mid 16th century until the late 19th century.]. (obsolete, dialectal) Having [...]
disable English (eng) (obsolete) Lacking ability; unable. (chiefly, of a person) To impair the physical or mental abilities of; to cause a serious, permanent injury.. (transitive) To render unable; to take away an ability of.. To deactivate a function of an electronical or mechanical device.

Words with the same origin as disable

Descendants of able
ablins aiblins