[ in-key-puh-buhl ]
/ ɪnˈkeɪ pə bəl /
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.
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- 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.
SYNONYMS FOR incapable
1 Incapable, incompetent, inefficient, unable are applied to a person or thing that is lacking in ability, preparation, or power for whatever is to be done. Incapable usually means inherently lacking in ability or power: incapable of appreciating music; a bridge incapable of carrying heavy loads. Incompetent, generally used only of persons, means unfit or unqualified for a particular task: incompetent as an administrator. Inefficient means wasteful in the use of effort or power: an inefficient manager; inefficient methods. Unable usually refers to a temporary condition of inability to do some specific thing: unable to relax, to go to a concert.
2 impotent, unqualified.
ANTONYMS FOR incapable
Related formsin·ca·pa·bil·i·ty, in·ca·pa·ble·ness, nounin·ca·pa·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for incapabilities
/ (ɪnˈkeɪpəbəl) /
(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
Derived Formsincapability or incapableness, nounincapably, adverb
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