Definition of incapacity in English:


Line breaks: in|cap¦acity
Pronunciation: /ɪnkəˈpasɪti

noun (plural incapacities)

[mass noun]
1Physical or mental inability to do something or to manage one’s affairs: they can be sacked only for incapacity or misbehaviour
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  • But Floyd is concerned that his parents' physical and mental incapacities may have made them susceptible to voting fraud.
  • It would appear that if there was an objective reason to suspect, it will not avail the accused that persons suffering from his mental or physical incapacities would not have been aware of it.
  • To be sure, our ancestors would have enhanced themselves and their progeny in ways that seemed universally desirable - eliminating fatal maladies, disfigurement, mental incapacities, and so forth.
2Legal disqualification: they are not subject to any legal incapacity
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  • In an attempt to solve the present case, and similar cases of successive causes of incapacity according to some legal principle, a number of arguments have been invoked.
  • A party entered into the Arbitration Agreement while under a legal incapacity.
  • She submits, however, that the Board did not err in law, because it made a specific finding of incapacity based on the statutory test.
disqualification, lack of entitlement, lack of legal right


early 17th century: from French incapacité or late Latin incapacitas, from in- (expressing negation) + capacitas (see capacity).

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