1) ADJ: ADJ n A crippling illness or disability is one that severely damages your health or your body.

Arthritis and rheumatism are prominent crippling diseases...

They both suffered from crippling pains in their hips.

2) ADJ: usu ADJ n If you say that an action, policy, or situation has a crippling effect on something, you mean it has a very serious, harmful effect.

The high cost of capital has a crippling effect on many small American high-tech firms...

The American military presence on the islands had suffered a crippling blow.

Derived words:
cripplingly ADV

...cripplingly high interest rates.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • crippling — index detriment, detrimental, disabling, harmful, pernicious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Crippling — Cripple Crip ple, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Crippled} ( p ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Crippling} ( pl?ng).] 1. To deprive of the use of a limb, particularly of a leg or foot; to lame. [1913 Webster] He had crippled the joints of the noble child. Sir W.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crippling — crip|pling [ˈkrıplıŋ] adj 1.) causing so much damage or harm that something no longer works or is no longer effective ▪ the crippling effects of war on the economy 2.) a crippling disease or condition causes severe pain and makes it difficult or… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • crippling — [ˈkrɪplɪŋ] adj 1) causing severe damage or problems crippling taxes[/ex] 2) making someone physically disabled, or causing them to have severe health problems a crippling disease[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • crippling — adj. Crippling is used with these nouns: ↑blow, ↑burden, ↑debt, ↑effect, ↑embargo, ↑injury, ↑strike, ↑stroke …   Collocations dictionary

  • crippling — The word crippling is equivalent of words physical disability and is defined as to deprive of use of limbs, particularly of leg or foot; to deprive of strength, activity or capability for service or use and to disable …   Black's law dictionary

  • crippling — adjective that cripples or disables or incapacitates (Freq. 1) a crippling injury • Syn: ↑disabling, ↑incapacitating • Similar to: ↑unhealthful …   Useful english dictionary

  • crippling — adjective That cripples …   Wiktionary

  • crippling — crip|pling [ krıplıŋ ] adjective 1. ) causing someone to be physically disabled, especially unable to walk a ) causing a lot of pain or other health problems 2. ) causing severe damage or problems …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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