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incapable


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Incapable  \In*ca"pa*ble\,  n. 
  One  who  is  morally  or  mentally  weak  or  inefficient;  an 
  imbecile;  a  simpleton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Incapable  \In*ca"pa*ble\,  a.  [Pref.  in-  not  +  capable:  cf  F. 
  incapable,  L.  incapabilis  incomprehensible.] 
  1.  Wanting  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 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  Note:  Incapable  is  often  used  elliptically. 
 
  Is  not  your  father  grown  incapable  of  reasonable 
  affairs?  --Shak. 
 
  Syn:  Incompetent;  unfit;  unable;  insufficient;  inadequate; 
  deficient;  disqualified.  See  {Incompetent}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  incapable 
  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"  [syn:  {incapable(p)}] 
  3:  lacking  the  necessary  skill  or  knowledge  etc.;  "an  incapable 
  helper"  [syn:  {unqualified}] 
  4:  (followed  by  `of')  not  having  the  temperament  or  inclination 
  for  "simply  incapable  of  lying"  [ant:  {capable}] 
  5:  not  meeting  requirements;  "unequal  to  the  demands  put  upon 
  him"  [syn:  {incompetent},  {unequal  to(p)}] 




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