incapability

incapable

[in-key-puh-buhl]
adjective
1.
not capable.
2.
not having the necessary ability, qualification, or strength to perform some specified act or function: As an administrator, he is simply incapable.
3.
without ordinary capability; incompetent.
noun
4.
a thoroughly incompetent person, especially one of defective mentality.
Idioms
5.
incapable of,
a.
not having the ability, qualification, or strength for (a specified act or function).
b.
not open to; not susceptible to or admitting: These materials are incapable of exact measurement.
c.
legally unqualified for.

Origin:
1585–95; < Late Latin incapābilis. See in-3, capable

incapability, incapableness, noun
incapably, adverb


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.


1. able.
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incapable (ɪnˈkeɪpəbəl)
 
adj (when postpositive, often foll by of) (foll by of)
1.  not capable (of); lacking the ability (to)
2.  powerless or helpless, as through injury or intoxication
3.  not susceptible (to); not admitting (of): a problem incapable of solution
 
incapa'bility
 
n
 
in'capableness
 
n
 
in'capably
 
adv

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incapable
c.1600, from in- "not " + capable.
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