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incapable

adjective in·ca·pa·ble \(ˌ)in-ˈkā-pə-bəl\

: not able to do something : not capable

Full Definition of INCAPABLE

1
:  lacking capacity, ability, or qualification for the purpose or end in view: as
a archaic :  not able to take in, hold, or keep
b archaic :  not receptive
c :  not being in a state or of a kind to admit :  insusceptible
d :  not able or fit for the doing or performance :  incompetent
2
:  lacking legal qualification or power (as by reason of mental incompetence) :  disqualified
in·ca·pa·bil·i·ty \-ˌkā-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
in·ca·pa·ble·ness \-ˈkā-pə-bəl-nəs\ noun
in·ca·pa·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of INCAPABLE

  1. <hired a supremely incapable assistant who only made a mess of things>

Origin of INCAPABLE

Middle French, from in- + capable capable
First Known Use: 1594
INCAPABILITY Defined for Kids

incapable

adjective in·ca·pa·ble \in-ˈkā-pə-bəl\

Definition of INCAPABLE for Kids

:  not able to do something <Penguins are incapable of flight.>

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