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incapacity

[in-kuh-pas-i-tee] /ˌɪn kəˈpæs ɪ ti/
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 of incapacity
1605-1615
1605-15; < Late Latin incapācitās. See in-3, capacity
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  • Nor is this incapacity confined to those versed in book knowledge.

    In the School-Room John S. Hart
  • A method of distinction so cheap that fools employ it to accentuate their incapacity.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • The incapacity of the mother is no greater than the ignorance of the father in the mass of such unions.

    The Children of the Poor Jacob A. Riis
  • It is incapacity to imagine, still less to shape, the yet unknown.

    The New Society Walther Rathenau
  • His habit of destroying his own works, however, had nothing to do with any sense of failure or incapacity.

    Since Czanne Clive Bell
  • This has been an irremediable evil, as well as my incapacity to draw.

  • I have tried about one dozen bookkeepers and had to give them all up, either for dishonesty or incapacity.

  • This lack of perception, this incapacity for enjoyment of the beautiful, is vulgarity.

    Practical Ethics William DeWitt Hyde
British Dictionary definitions for incapacity

incapacity

/ˌɪnkəˈpæsɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
lack of power, strength, or capacity; inability
2.
(law)
  1. legal disqualification or ineligibility
  2. a circumstance causing this
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Word Origin and History for incapacity
n.

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.

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