incapable

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

Definition of incapable

  1. 1 :  lacking capacity, ability, or qualification for the purpose or end in view: such asa archaic :  not able to take in, hold, or keepb archaic :  not receptivec :  not being in a state or of a kind to admit :  insusceptibled :  not able or fit for the doing or performance :  incompetent

  2. 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

Origin and Etymology of incapable

Middle French, from in- + capable capable


First Known Use: 1594


INCAPABLE Defined for English Language Learners

incapable

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

Definition of incapable for English Language Learners

  • : not able to do something : not capable


INCAPABLE Defined for Kids

incapable

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

Definition of incapable for Students

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


Law Dictionary

incapable

adjective in·ca·pa·ble

Legal Definition of incapable

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



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