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incapacity

[ in-kuh-pas-i-tee ]
/ ˌɪn kəˈpæs ɪ ti /
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noun

lack of ability, qualification, or strength; incapability.
Law. lack of the legal power to act in a specified way or ways.

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Origin of incapacity

From the Late Latin word incapācitās, dating back to 1605–15. See in-3, capacity
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British Dictionary definitions for incapacity

incapacity
/ (ˌɪnkəˈpæsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

lack of power, strength, or capacity; inability
law
  1. legal disqualification or ineligibility
  2. a circumstance causing this
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