Disable is a synonym of deactivate.
As verbs the difference between deactivate and disable
is that deactivate
is to make something inactive or no longer effective while disable
is to render unable; to take away an ability of.
As an adjective disable is
lacking ability; unable.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
(ergative) to make something inactive or no longer effective
to prevent the action of a biochemical agent (such as an enzyme)
to remove a person or piece of hardware from active military service
To render unable; to take away an ability of.
(chiefly, of a person) To impair the physical or mental abilities of; to cause a serious, permanent injury.
to deactivate a function of an electronical or mechanical device.
- Falling off the horse disabled him.
- The pilot had to disable the autopilot of his airplane.
(obsolete) Lacking ability; unable.
- Our disable and unactive force.