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Meaning of INCAPABLE

Pronunciation:  in'keypubul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  not meeting requirements; "unequal to the demands put upon him"
  2. [adj]  (followed by `of') lacking capacity or ability; "incapable of carrying a tune"; "he is incapable of understanding the matter"; "incapable of doing the work"
  3. [adj]  (followed by `of') not having the temperament or inclination for; "simply incapable of lying"
  4. [adj]  lacking the necessary skill or knowledge etc.; "an incapable helper"

INCAPABLE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: inadequate, incompetent, unable(p), unequal to(p), unqualified
 Antonyms: capable



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*ca"pa*ble\, a. [Pref. in- not + capable: cf. F.
    incapable, L. incapabilis incomprehensible.]
    1. Wanting in ability or qualification for the purpose or end
       in view; not large enough to contain or hold; deficient in
       physical strength, mental or moral power, etc.; not
       capable; as, incapable of holding a certain quantity of
       liquid; incapable of endurance, of comprehension, of
       perseverance, of reform, etc.
    2. Not capable of being brought to do or perform, because
       morally strong or well disposed; -- used with reference to
       some evil; as, incapable of wrong, dishonesty, or
    3. Not in a state to receive; not receptive; not susceptible;
       not able to admit; as, incapable of pain, or pleasure;
       incapable of stain or injury.
    4. (Law) Unqualified or disqualified, in a legal sense; as, a
       man under thirty-five years of age is incapable of holding
       the office of president of the United States; a person
       convicted on impeachment is thereby made incapable of
       holding an office of profit or honor under the government.
    5. (Mil.) As a term of disgrace, sometimes annexed to a
       sentence when an officer has been cashiered and rendered
       incapable of serving his country.
    Note: Incapable is often used elliptically.
                Is not your father grown incapable of reasonable
                affairs?                           --Shak.
    Syn: Incompetent; unfit; unable; insufficient; inadequate;
         deficient; disqualified. See {Incompetent}.
  2. \In*ca"pa*ble\, n.
    One who is morally or mentally weak or inefficient; an
    imbecile; a simpleton.
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