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Definition of "incapable" []

  • Lacking the necessary ability, capacity, or power: incapable of carrying a tune; incapable of love. (adjective)
  • Unable to perform adequately; incompetent: an incapable administrator. (adjective)
  • Usage Problem Not susceptible to action or treatment: a unique feat, incapable of duplication. See Usage Note at able. (adjective)
  • Law Lacking legal qualifications or requirements; ineligible. (adjective)
  • Not capable (of); lacking the ability (to) (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Powerless or helpless, as through injury or intoxication (adjective)
  • Not susceptible (to); not admitting (of) (adjective)

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Use "incapable" in a sentence
  • "As long as Dawkins remains who he is now, he will remain incapable of seeing an angel of the Lord."
  • "We say that what the country needs is bipartisanship -- well we know that the GOP in incapable of doing it so we have to lead by example and help them to fake it until they make it."
  • "The close reading of which "most of us" are incapable is a reading that begins by recognizing the highly nuanced way in which literary language gestures toward doxa rather than naming it."