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 At the meeting, the board approved Trustee Robin LaBedz as president pro tem, taking leadership if Hayes is ever temporarily absent because of an incapacity to perform his official duties. Elizabeth Owens-schiele, chicagotribune.com, 29 May 2021 So reliance on your will from a prior state of residence should only be done if there is absolutely no way to execute a new will in the new state, due to incapacity or emergency. Dallas News, 1 Mar. 2021 But the requirement to get a doctor to verify incapacity is, unfortunately, the way most trusts are drafted. Carolyn Rosenblatt, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 As special counsel, Durham cannot be dismissed other than by the attorney general and with specific reasons that may include misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity and conflict of interest given in writing. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2021 It was designed for cases of medical incapacity, not misconduct. Star Tribune, 11 Jan. 2021 According to the Twenty-fifth Amendment, once Congress receives a declaration of the President’s incapacity, both houses could then decide, by two-thirds votes, to replace him with the Vice-President. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, 26 Oct. 2020 Fascism is the outcome of a collective incapacity to think. Federico Finchelstein, The New Republic, 3 Nov. 2020 That is likely why the Twenty-fifth Amendment has been invoked only in temporary and limited ways, and only in cases of physical incapacity. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, 26 Oct. 2020

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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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11 Jun 2021

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“Incapacity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incapacity. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for incapacity

incapacity

noun

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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