incapacity

noun
in·​ca·​pac·​i·​ty | \ ˌin-kə-ˈpa-sə-tē How to pronounce incapacity (audio) , -ˈpa-stē \
plural incapacities

Definition of incapacity

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

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Examples of incapacity in a Sentence

I'm aware of my weaknesses and incapacities. her entrenched incapacity for decision-making doesn't make her a very good boss
Recent Examples on the Web In the same way, his unwillingness to direct ventilators or PPE equipment toward states that don’t yet need them reflects his lifelong incapacity to understand the relationship between things done today and things that happen tomorrow. David Roth, The New Republic, "The Enduring Delusion of a Chastened Trump," 3 Apr. 2020 Acceptable reasons to support the defense include death or incapacity of a person necessary for performance, destruction or deterioration of a thing necessary for performance and prevention by a government regulation. Dallas News, "The pandemic of lawsuits: breach of contract defenses," 25 Mar. 2020 Estate planning involves making a plan for the transfer of your property upon your death or incapacity. Kara Stevens, Essence, "Death And Money: How To Protect And Provide For The Loved Ones You Leave Behind," 29 Jan. 2020 His only option in a country with severe prohibitions on any assistance in dying was hospice and a prolonged descent into opiates, physical incapacity and pain. Tim Zimmermann, Washington Post, "My terminally ill mother wanted to end her own life. What would it take to fulfill her last wish?," 11 Dec. 2019 An estate planning attorney guides in choosing the best options for maintaining your estate after death or in the event of incapacity. Kara Stevens, Essence, "Death And Money: How To Protect And Provide For The Loved Ones You Leave Behind," 29 Jan. 2020 On Twitter, the president’s critics have again called for invocation of the 25th Amendment, which provides for the removal of a president for incapacity. Peter Baker, New York Times, "A Gyrating Economy, and Trump’s Volatile Approach to It, Raise Alarms," 23 Aug. 2019 On Twitter, the president’s critics have again called for invocation of the 25th Amendment, which provides for the removal of a president for incapacity. Peter Baker, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s volatile approach to the gyrating economy raises alarms," 23 Aug. 2019 What is the magic of the two-party system at this point when the two political parties have brought us to this polarizing impasse of complete incapacity to pass legislation? Eric Johnson, Vox, "The wrong US response to Russia and China may trigger a “new Cold War,” warns Stanford University’s Larry Diamond," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of incapacity

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for incapacity

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

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The first known use of incapacity was in 1611

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12 Jun 2020

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“Incapacity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incapacity. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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incapacity

noun
How to pronounce incapacity (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of incapacity

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

incapacity

noun
in·​ca·​pac·​i·​ty | \ ˌin-kə-ˈpa-sə-tē How to pronounce incapacity (audio) \
plural incapacities

Legal Definition of incapacity

1 : the quality or state of being incapable especially : lack of legal qualifications due to age or mental condition — compare capacity
2 : the inability of an injured worker to perform the duties required in a job for which he or she is qualified — compare disability sense 1

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