Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Incapability.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being incapable; incapability.

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  • noun The quality or state of being incapable; incapability.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quality of not being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally
  • noun lack of potential for development

Etymologies

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incapable +‎ -ness

Examples

  • This arduous path, demanding and exciting, made up of continuous conquests and relativations of human knowledge, brings the intelligent creature toward the threshold of the divine Mystery, where all notions verify their own weakness and incapableness and lead, therefore, to going beyond -- with the simple, free and sweet force of the truth -- all that is continuously reached.

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  • The orator who has once seen things in their divine order will never quite lose sight of this, and will come to affairs as from a higher ground, and, though he will say nothing of philosophy, he will have a certain mastery in dealing with them, and an incapableness of being dazzled or frighted, which will distinguish his handling from that of attorneys and factors.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 35, September, 1860

  • The orator who has once seen things in their divine order, will never quite lose sight of this, and will come to affairs as from a higher ground, and, though he will say nothing of philosophy, he will have a certain mastery in dealing with them, and an incapableness of being dazzled or frighted, which will distinguish his handling from that of attorneys and factors.

    The Conduct of Life (1860)

  • As the master overpowered the littleness and incapableness of the performers, and made them conductors of his electricity, so it was easy to observe what efforts nature was making through so many hoarse, wooden, and imperfect persons, to produce beautiful voices, fluid and soul-guided men and women.

    Essays: Second Series (1844)

  • As the master overpowered the littleness and incapableness of the performers and made them conductors of his electricity, so it was easy to observe what efforts nature was making, through so many hoarse, wooden, and imperfect persons, to produce beautiful voices, fluid and soul-guided men and women.

    Essays — Second Series

  • Here also the imaginations of incapableness or want of monies must be conquered; for to constrain a son to that he hath no mind to, is the ready way to dull his genious, and perhaps bring him to what is worser, to wit, running after whores or Gaming.

    The Ten Pleasures of Marriage and the Second Part, The Confession of the New Married Couple

  • a trained and comprehending intelligence, they are blind to every weakness, and of necessity ignorant of their incapableness, and are therefore unfit to exercise self-discretion and self-government.

    The American Negro: What He Was, What He Is, and What He May Become: A Critical and Practical Discussion

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