not having the necessary ability, qualification, or strength to perform some specified act or function: As an administrator, he is simply incapable.
without ordinary capability; incompetent.
a thoroughly incompetent person, especially one of defective mentality.
Idioms about incapable
not having the ability, qualification, or strength for (a specified act or function).
not open to; not susceptible to or admitting: These materials are incapable of exact measurement.
legally unqualified for.
- in·ca·pa·bil·i·ty, in·ca·pa·ble·ness, noun
- in·ca·pa·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for incapable
(when postpositive, often foll by of) not capable (of); lacking the ability (to)
powerless or helpless, as through injury or intoxication
(postpositive foll by of) not susceptible (to); not admitting (of): a problem incapable of solution
- incapability or incapableness, noun
- incapably, adverb
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