Incapable In*ca"pa*ble, a. [Pref. in- not + capable: cf. F. incapable, L. incapabilis incomprehensible.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

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 falsehood. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Note: Incapable is often used elliptically. [1913 Webster]

Is not your father grown incapable of reasonable affairs? --Shak.

Syn: Incompetent; unfit; unable; insufficient; inadequate; deficient; disqualified. See {Incompetent}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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