incapable

adjective in·ca·pa·ble \ (ˌ)in-ˈkā-pə-bəl \
|Updated on: 11 Jun 2018

Definition of incapable

1 : lacking capacity, ability, or qualification for the purpose or end in view: such 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

incapability

play \(ˌ)in-ˌkā-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

incapableness

play \(ˌ)in-ˈkā-pə-bəl-nəs\ noun

incapably

play \(ˌ)in-ˈkā-pə-blē\ adverb

Examples of incapable in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of incapable

Middle French, from in- + capable capable


INCAPABLE Defined for English Language Learners

incapable

Definition of incapable for English Language Learners

  • : not able to do something : not capable


INCAPABLE Defined for Kids

incapable

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

Definition of incapable for Students

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

Law Dictionary

incapable

adjective in·ca·pa·ble

legal Definition of incapable

: lacking legal qualification or power (as by reason of mental incompetence) — see also incapacity


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