incapable[in kā′pə bəl]
This man is incapable of walking.
- The definition of incapable is not having the ability, strength or legal qualification to do something.
An example of incapable is a person with a broken leg who can't hike; incapable hiker.
- lacking the necessary ability, competence, strength, etc.
- not legally qualified or eligible
Origin of incapableLate Latin incapabilis
- not allowing or admitting; not able to accept or experience: incapable of change
- lacking the ability or fitness for: incapable of sustained thought
- not legally qualified for
- a. Lacking the necessary ability, capacity, or power: incapable of carrying a tune; incapable of love.b. Unable to perform adequately; incompetent: an incapable administrator.
- Not susceptible to action or treatment: a unique feat, incapable of duplication.
- Law a. Not meeting the physical and mental requirements imposed by law for the performance of a particular task.b. Not meeting the requirements necessary for proper legal functioning: a contract provision incapable of being enforced.
- in·ca′pa·bil′i·ty, in·ca′pa·ble·ness
(comparative more incapable, superlative most incapable)
From Middle French incapable, in- + capable