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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Disability  \Dis`a*bil"i*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Disabilities}. 
  1.  State  of  being  disabled;  deprivation  or  want  of  ability; 
  absence  of  competent  physical,  intellectual,  or  moral 
  power,  means  fitness,  and  the  like 
 
  Grossest  faults,  or  disabilities  to  perform  what  was 
  covenanted.  --Milton. 
 
  Chatham  refused  to  see  him  pleading  his  disability. 
  --Bancroft. 
 
  2.  Want  of  legal  qualification  to  do  a  thing  legal 
  incapacity  or  incompetency. 
 
  The  disabilities  of  idiocy,  infancy,  and  coverture. 
  --Abbott. 
 
  Syn:  Weakness;  inability;  incompetence;  impotence; 
  incapacity;  incompetency;  disqualification. 
 
  Usage:  --  {Disability},  {Inability}.  Inability  is  an  inherent 
  want  of  power  to  perform  the  thing  in  question; 
  disability  arises  from  some  deprivation  or  loss  of  the 
  needed  competency.  One  who  becomes  deranged  is  under  a 
  disability  of  holding  his  estate;  and  one  who  is  made 
  a  judge,  of  deciding  in  his  own  case.  A  man  may 
  decline  an  office  on  account  of  his  inability  to 
  discharge  its  duties;  he  may  refuse  to  accept  a  trust 
  or  employment  on  account  of  some  disability  prevents 
  him  from  entering  into  such  engagements. 




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