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incapable

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

Simple Definition of incapable

  • : not able to do something : not capable

Full Definition of incapable

  1. 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. 2 :  lacking legal qualification or power (as by reason of mental incompetence) :  disqualified

in·ca·pa·bil·i·ty play \-ˌkā-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
in·ca·pa·ble·ness play \-ˈkā-pə-bəl-nəs\ noun
in·ca·pa·bly play \-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


INCAPABLE Defined for Kids

incapable

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

Definition of incapable

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





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