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incapable

[ in-key-puh-buhl ]
/ ɪnˈkeɪ pə bəl /
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adjective
not capable.
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.
noun
a thoroughly incompetent person, especially one of defective mentality.
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Idioms about incapable

    incapable of,
    1. not having the ability, qualification, or strength for (a specified act or function).
    2. not open to; not susceptible to or admitting: These materials are incapable of exact measurement.
    3. legally unqualified for.

Origin of incapable

From the Late Latin word incapābilis, dating back to 1585–95. See in-3, capable

synonym study 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.

OTHER WORDS FROM incapable

in·ca·pa·bil·i·ty, in·ca·pa·ble·ness, nounin·ca·pa·bly, adverb
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How to use incapable in a sentence

  • It became monumental, an emblem of vague incapabilities which I would have to face until the end of my days.

    The Prairie Wife|Arthur Stringer
  • These shops were not unlike our New England country stores in their combined odors and confused incapabilities.

    An American Girl Abroad|Adeline Trafton

British Dictionary definitions for incapable

incapable
/ (ɪnˈkeɪpəbəl) /

adjective
(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 forms of incapable

incapability or incapableness, nounincapably, adverb
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