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incapable    : [ɪnk'epəbəl]
Incapable \In*ca"pa*ble\, n.
One who is morally or mentally weak or inefficient; an
imbecile; a simpleton.
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Incapable \In*ca"pa*ble\, a. [Pref. in- not capable: cf. F.
incapable, L. incapabilis incomprehensible.]
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1. 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; as, incapable of holding a certain quantity of
liquid; incapable of endurance, of comprehension, of
perseverance, of reform, etc.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Note: Incapable is often used elliptically.
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Is not your father grown incapable of reasonable
affairs? --Shak.

Syn: Incompetent; unfit; unable; insufficient; inadequate;
deficient; disqualified. See {Incompetent}.
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adj 1: (followed by `of') lacking capacity or ability;
"incapable of carrying a tune"; "he is incapable of
understanding the matter"; "incapable of doing the work"
[ant: {capable}]
2: not being susceptible to or admitting of something (usually
followed by `of'); "incapable of solution"
3: (followed by `of') not having the temperament or inclination
for; "simply incapable of lying" [ant: {capable}]
4: not meeting requirements; "unequal to the demands put upon
him" [synonym: {incapable}, {incompetent}, {unequal to(p)}]

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