1 adj A crippling illness or disability is one that severely damages your health or your body.
Arthritis and rheumatism are prominent crippling diseases...
2 adj If you say that an action, policy, or situation has a crippling effect on something, you mean it has a very serious, harmful effect.
usu ADJ n
The high cost of capital has a crippling effect on many small American high-tech firms...
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