SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN | IDIOMS 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. Idioms 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
dating back to
capable Related forms in·ca·pa·bil·i·ty, in·ca·pa·ble·ness, noun in·ca·pa·bly, adverb 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.
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Related Words for incapability powerlessness
necessity Examples from the Web for incapability Historical Examples of incapability
The income devolved on me in consequence of Winslowe's
In his pale, pimpled face were traces of
incapability and bad humour.
The belief in his
incapability of defeat, that was lost too!
This, as I understand it, simply means an
incapability of acting the hypocrite.
Let those who think so reflect on the state of nations under poverty, and their
incapability of art. British Dictionary definitions for incapability 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 incapability or incapableness, noun incapably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for incapability adj.
1590s, from Middle French
incapable and directly from Medieval Latin incapabilis, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + capabilis (see capable). Related: Incapably; incapability.
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