incapacity


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in·ca·pac·i·ty

 (ĭn′kə-păs′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. in·ca·pac·i·ties
1. Inadequate strength or ability; lack of capacity.
2. A defect or handicap; a disability.
3. Law Disqualification from taking part in a legal proceeding because of mental or physical disability or because of lack of legal power or authority.

incapacity

(ˌɪnkəˈpæsɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. lack of power, strength, or capacity; inability
2. (Law) law
a. legal disqualification or ineligibility
b. a circumstance causing this

in•ca•pac•i•ty

(ˌɪn kəˈpæs ɪ ti)

n.
1. lack of ability, qualification, or strength; incapability.
2. lack of legal power to act.
[1605–15; < Late Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.incapacity - lack of intellectual power
inability - lack of ability (especially mental ability) to do something
mental ability, capacity - the power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior
2.incapacity - lack of physical or natural qualifications
incapability, incapableness - the quality of not being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally
capacity - capability to perform or produce; "among his gifts is his capacity for true altruism"; "limited runway capacity"; "a great capacity for growth"

incapacity

incapacity

noun
Translations

incapacity

[ˌɪnkəˈpæsɪtɪ] Nincapacidad f

incapacity

[ˌɪnkəˈpæsɪti] n (= inability) → incapacité fin-car [ˌɪnˈkɑːr] modif [system, CD player] → embarqué(e)

incapacity

n
Unfähigkeit f(for für); incapacity for workArbeitsunfähigkeit f
(Jur) → mangelnde Berechtigung (for zu); incapacity to inheritErbunfähigkeit f; incapacity of a minorGeschäftsunfähigkeit feines Minderjährigen

incapacity

[ˌɪnkəˈpæsɪtɪ] nincapacità (Law) → inabilitazione
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Grose--as I did there, over and over, in the small hours-- that with their voices in the air, their pressure on one's heart, and their fragrant faces against one's cheek, everything fell to the ground but their incapacity and their beauty.
It was unaccountable that he didn't attempt a little help of that sort out of his majestic supply of incapacity for the job.
His lack of interest in the subjects she started, and his equal incapacity to contribute to her entertainment, were so obvious that she could not conceal her disappointment.
I had never seen any one then, and I have never seen any one since, who more strongly expressed to me, in every look and tone, a natural incapacity to do anything secret and mean.
Adieu, my dear friend; I have said enough to explain, if not to vindicate, the attempt which I have made, and which, in spite of your doubts, and my own incapacity, I am still willing to believe has not been altogether made in vain.
But would it be wise, or would it not rather be the extreme of folly, to stop at this point, and to leave the government intrusted with the care of the national defense in a state of absolute incapacity to provide for the protection of the community against future invasions of the public peace, by foreign war or domestic convulsions?
These questions cannot be fully answered, without supposing that the fears of discord and disunion among a number of counsellors exceeded the apprehension of treachery or incapacity in a single individual.
In this way arose Feudal Socialism: half lamentation, half lampoon;half echo of the past, half menace of the future; at times, by its bitter,witty and incisive criticism, striking the bourgeoisie to the very heart's core; but always ludicrous in its effect, through total incapacity to comprehend the march of modern history.
K- was then at the top of his vogue; he enjoyed a popularity due partly to his own talent and address, partly to the incapacity of his rival, the university professor.
And the great difference between man and monkey is in the larynx, he continued,-- in the incapacity to frame delicately different sound-symbols by which thought could be sustained.
At the time there was a strong feeling in the streets that the authorities were to blame for their incapacity to dispose of the invaders without all this inconvenience.
I knew, of course, that they must despise me now for my lack of success in the service, and for my having let myself sink so low, going about badly dressed and so on--which seemed to them a sign of my incapacity and insignificance.