incapacity

[in-kuh-pas-i-tee]
noun
1.
lack of ability, qualification, or strength; incapability.
2.
Law. lack of the legal power to act in a specified way or ways.

Origin:
1605–15; < Late Latin incapācitās. See in-3, capacity

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incapacity (ˌɪnkəˈpæsɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  lack of power, strength, or capacity; inability
2.  law
 a.  legal disqualification or ineligibility
 b.  a circumstance causing this

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incapacity
1611, from M.L. incapacitas, from L.L. incapax (gen. incapacis) "incapable," from in- "not" + L. capax "capable," lit. "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.
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Example sentences
In this way, the incapacity of us sinners is fully recognized yet fully
  compensated.
As he surely would have been, if he could: difficult to imagine him ever
  retiring except through incapacity.
Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's own understanding without the
  guidance of another.
In a sense, their pitiable incapacity for self-awareness truly makes the novel.
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