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
References in classic literature ?
Such things are not predicated of a person in virtue of his disposition, but in virtue of his inborn capacity or incapacity to do something with ease or to avoid defeat of any kind.
He had not long ruminated on these matters, before it occurred to his memory that he had a brother who was under no such unhappy incapacity.
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.
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?
Morland, who did not insist on her daughters being accomplished in spite of incapacity or distaste, allowed her to leave off.
It was unaccountable that he didn't attempt a little help of that sort out of his majestic supply of incapacity for the job.
The men of fine parts protect themselves by solitude, or by courtesy, or by satire, or by an acid worldly manner, each concealing as he best can his incapacity for useful association, but they want either love or self-reliance.
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.
Pardon me, monsieur, if I venture to add that what I have just said is of importance to the poor girl; she already experiences great difficulty in impressing these giddy young things with a due degree of deference for her authority, and should that difficulty be increased by new discoveries of her incapacity, she might find her position in my establishment too painful to be retained; a circumstance I should much regret for her sake, as she can ill afford to lose the profits of her occupation here.
These reasons were the treachery of the Austrians, a defective commissariat, the treachery of the Pole Przebyszewski and of the Frenchman Langeron, Kutuzov's incapacity, and (it was whispered) the youth and inexperience of the sovereign, who had trusted worthless and insignificant people.
He therefore gently insinuated the incapacity of the native of any other country to engage in the genial conflict of the bowl with the hardy and strong-headed Saxons; something he mentioned, but slightly, about his own holy character, and ended by pressing his proposal to depart to repose.
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.