- 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
Related formsin·ca·pa·bil·i·ty, in·ca·pa·ble·ness, nounin·ca·pa·bly, adverb
Examples from the Web for incapable
She is incapable of responding to kindness and enquiry, even very gentle flirting on the part of a co-worker.
Unlike influenza, it is incapable of traveling through tiny microscopic particles.
A “simple bout of flu” is incapable of mutating into an Ebola infection.
Nancy, on the other hand, was incapable of communicating her wishes.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life|Elizabeth Picciuto|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Used without a German army on the ground, as it had been in mainland Europe, the Luftwaffe was incapable of securing victory.Blood and War: The Hard Truth About ‘Boots on the Ground’|Clive Irving|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The ape's vocal cords, which now were Bentley's, were incapable of speech.Astounding Stories, June, 1931|Various
She is sincerely glad, and yet—is she incapable of inspiring a lasting regard?Floyd Grandon's Honor|Amanda Minnie Douglas
The soldiers had died bravely; but the chiefs had been incapable of leading them.Other People's Money|Emile Gaboriau
He told himself that he was the play-thing of sensorial illusions and that he was incapable of reacting.Against The Grain|Joris-Karl Huysmans
It is not the business of the Scots, who are incapable of it, and no well-wishers to the church of England.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II.|Tobias Smollett