[ adjective ] impairing the strength and vitality

Used in print

(LeRoy Fothergill, "Biological Warfare", in Peter...)

An enemy might choose an acutely debilitating microorganism , a chronic disease producer or one causing a high rate of lethality .

(Christopher Davis, First Family....)

His parents talked seriously and lengthily to their own doctor and to a specialist at the University_Hospital - Mr._McKinley was entitled to a discount for members of his family - and it was decided it would be best for him to take the remainder of the term off , spend a_lot of time in bed and , for the rest , do pretty_much as he chose - provided , of_course , he chose to do nothing too exciting or too debilitating .