incapacity

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

Definition of incapacity

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incapacities

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

Examples of incapacity in a Sentence

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of incapacity

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


INCAPACITY Defined for English Language Learners

incapacity

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Definition of incapacity for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

incapacity

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

Legal Definition of incapacity

plural

incapacities

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being incapable; especially :  lack of legal qualifications due to age or mental condition — compare capacity

  2. 2 :  the inability of an injured worker to perform the duties required in a job for which he or she is qualified — compare disability 1



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