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incapacity

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noun in·ca·pac·i·ty \ˌin-kə-ˈpa-sə-tē, -ˈpas-tē\

Simple Definition of incapacity

  • : a lack or loss of the ability to do something in the usual or desired way

Full Definition of incapacity

plural in·ca·pac·i·ties

  1. :  the quality or state of being incapable; especially :  lack of physical or intellectual power or of natural or legal qualifications

Examples of incapacity

  1. I'm aware of my weaknesses and incapacities.

  2. <her entrenched incapacity for decision-making doesn't make her a very good boss>



Origin of incapacity

French incapacité, from Middle French, from in- + capacité capacity


First Known Use: 1611

Rhymes with incapacity



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