AskDefine | Define incapable

Dictionary Definition

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)]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Not being capable (of doing something); to be unable (to do something).





From incapabilis.


  1. unable

Extensive Definition

Capability is the ability to perform actions. As it applies to human capital, capability is the sum of expertise and capacity.
It is a component within the theories of:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

amputee, cripple, defective, deformity, disqualified, dull tool, greenhorn, handicapped person, idiot, ill-equipped, ill-fitted, ill-furnished, ill-provided, ill-qualified, imbecile, impervious to, inadequate, incapable of, incompetent, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficient, inept, inferior, maladjusted, mediocrity, no conjuror, not equal to, not up to, paralytic, paraplegic, quadriplegic, the crippled, the handicapped, unable, unable to, unadapted, unadjusted, unarmed, unendowed, unequal to, unequipped, unfit, unfitted, ungifted, unprovided, unqualified, unsuited, untalented
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