American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Lacking the necessary ability, capacity, or power: incapable of carrying a tune; incapable of love.
- adj. Unable to perform adequately; incompetent: an incapable administrator.
- adj. Usage Problem Not susceptible to action or treatment: a unique feat, incapable of duplication. See Usage Note at able.
- adj. Law Lacking legal qualifications or requirements; ineligible.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not capable. Lacking in capacity, ability, or fitness; inefficient; incompetent; inadequate.
- Lacking sufficient capacity or capaciousness; insufficient, unfit, or unqualified: in this and the succeeding uses commonly followed by of.
- Not capable of receiving or admitting; not susceptible: as, his lot is incapable of amelioration.
- Not capable of understanding or comprehending; wanting appreciation; unconscious.
- Not capable legally; unqualified; disqualified by law; wanting legal warrant or capacity.
- Synonyms Incapable, Unable. Incapable properly denotes a want of passive power, the power of receiving, and is applicable particularly to the mind, or said of something inanimate: as, a body once dead is incapable of restoration to life. The word often applies to moral inability: as, he is quite incapable of doing a thing so base; or otherwise it approaches essentially the more active meanings of unable. Unable denotes the want of active power or power of performing, being applicable to the body or to the mind: we could not say that Achilles was unable to be wounded, but we could say that Achilles was incapable of a wound. In law capable and incapable refer more frequently to legal qualification, able and unable to physical facility or hindrance: as, a man may not be legally incapable of doing an act, yet from circumstances be practically unable to do it.
- n. One who lacks mental or physical capacity, either general or special.
- adj. Not capable (of doing something); unable.
- n. dated One who is morally or mentally weak or inefficient; an imbecile; a simpleton.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Lacking 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
- adj. Not capable of being brought to do or perform, because morally strong or well disposed; -- used with reference to some evil.
- adj. Not in a state to receive; not receptive; not susceptible; not able to admit
- adj. (Law) Unqualified or disqualified, in a legal sense
- adj. (Mil.) As a term of disgrace, sometimes annexed to a sentence when an officer has been cashiered and rendered
incapableof serving his country.
- n. One who is morally or mentally weak or inefficient; an imbecile; a simpleton.
- adj. (followed by `of') not having the temperament or inclination for
- adj. not meeting requirements
- adj. not being susceptible to or admitting of something (usually followed by `of')
- adj. (followed by `of') lacking capacity or ability
“As long as Dawkins remains who he is now, he will remain incapable of seeing an angel of the Lord.”
“We say that what the country needs is bipartisanship -- well we know that the GOP in incapable of doing it so we have to lead by example and help them to fake it until they make it.”
“The close reading of which "most of us" are incapable is a reading that begins by recognizing the highly nuanced way in which literary language gestures toward doxa rather than naming it.”
“From Hotline's intro today (no link available): As for Rove, the DC press corps proved once again incapable of handling more than one feeding frenzy at a time.”
“The word incapable is too harsh though, I think. reply n00boen”
“It is perfect, eternal, immutable, ever ready to communicate itself in all places, and to rectify all minds that err and mistake; in short, incapable of ever being either exhausted or divided, although it communicates itself to all who desire it.”
“It gave Pauline neither pain nor pleasure when her aunt did that; she was, in short, incapable of any emotion.”
“But a thirteenth, called by the gods _Our Lady of the Conception_, called by men _Cacafuego_, a name incapable of translation, had sailed a few days before for the isthmus, with the whole produce of the Lima mines for the season.”
“Tatian and Proculus should forever remain incapable of holding any employment of honor or advantage under the Imperial government.”
“It Damien for me, I don't care if you think the falseto is a one trick bag, it's got to be the most wonderful falseto I've ever, ever heard .... they guy in incapable of singing a wrong note, now if only we could get him to sing some three tenors or some South Pacific, something with a bit more of a beat: -) 12: 09 AM”
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