- lack of ability, qualification, or strength; incapability.
- Law. lack of the legal power to act in a specified way or ways.
Origin of incapacity
Examples from the Web for incapacity
Will our incapacity to govern efficiently and effectively further weaken our image as a global leader?Obama’s Nightmare: Reelected in 2012 but Republicans Take the Senate
Thomas E. Cronin
December 29, 2011
Part of this absence of empathy is an incapacity for self-examination.Who Made Frank Rich God?
March 16, 2009
Perhaps Anna's incapacity, which had always annoyed her, had been physical.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
A method of distinction so cheap that fools employ it to accentuate their incapacity.The Devil's Dictionary
A man of defeats and of incapacity to be thus worshipped as a hero!Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
It is incapacity to imagine, still less to shape, the yet unknown.The New Society
This has been an irremediable evil, as well as my incapacity to draw.The Autobiography of Charles Darwin
- lack of power, strength, or capacity; inability
- legal disqualification or ineligibility
- a circumstance causing this
Word Origin and History for incapacity
1610s, from French incapacité (16c.), from Medieval Latin incapacitatem (nominative incapacitas), from Late Latin incapax (genitive incapacis) "incapable," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + Latin capax "capable," literally "able to hold much," from capere "to take" (see capable). Often used 17c. as a legal term referring to inability to take, receive, or deal with in some way.