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I think not, but look on this Wikipedia link about parental leave in different countries, scroll down to the large table and look under Romania. I don't think this is a real word, I tried doing an online dictionary search and all that was returned was Urban Dictionary. So this says to me: "I'm not a real word!"

Is it?

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This is one of those words like "preventative" — which appears to be for people who are, to quote Shakespeare, "full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse." Some people will invariably choose a longer word when a shorter one would do, even if there is a shorter version (preventive, disabled) of the same word. Possibly they are so deluded as to think it makes them sound smarter.

[Edited to fix typo.]

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Ha, I think I agree with you there. I just took one look at the word and thought "This isn't right." –  Kyle Sevenoaks Nov 23 '10 at 11:31
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I suspect it's more likely a literal-translation-plus-guesswork from Romanian or something. –  Benjol Nov 23 '10 at 11:40
    
I've usually seen it spelt "preventative" - presumably the users are intending to "preventate" something :-) That said, Merriam Webster says it's been with us since the 17th century... –  psmears Jan 24 '11 at 14:41
    
@psmears: Yes, it was a typo. Thanks. This may have been my first response ever on this site, so I beg your indulgence. :) –  Robusto May 26 '11 at 18:45
    
In my experience, "preventative" is actually more common than "preventive" in the UK, especially in the media. –  Polynomial Nov 24 '11 at 14:18
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We have both disabled and debilitated with related but distinct meanings, but as others have said, jamming them together does not make a real word.

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Ah yes, I'd forgotten about debilitated. Thanks for pointing that out. –  Kyle Sevenoaks Nov 23 '10 at 12:10
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It actually says disabilitated, but for my money, no, it's not a 'real' word.

It should be disabled, I guess.

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I did, thanks :) –  Kyle Sevenoaks Nov 23 '10 at 11:20
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Use this general rule: If you can remove the prefix and the word still works, you might be ok. For your word: disabilitated, if we remove dis- we have abilitated, which is not a word. Thus, disabilitated is also not a word. You pretty much have to have a valid word to start with in order to be able to add prefixes to it and still be ok.

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Dis- is a non-inflectional prefix. You probably wanted to remove the inflectional suffix -ed. –  RegDwigнt Nov 23 '10 at 17:01
    
That's true. You must have seen my post prior to my correction. –  Captain Claptrap Nov 23 '10 at 17:09
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