- 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.
- a thoroughly incompetent person, especially one of defective mentality.
- incapable of,
- 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.
Origin of incapable
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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.
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- (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
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Word Origin and History for incapabilities
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