incapable

  • 1 incapable — [ ɛ̃kapabl ] adj. • 1464; de 1. in et capable 1 ♦ Qui n est pas capable (par nature ou par accident, de façon temporaire, durable ou définitive). ⇒ impuissant, inapte, inhabile (à). INCAPABLE DE. Être incapable de faire qqch. ⇒Fam. infichu,… …

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  • 2 Incapable — In*ca pa*ble, a. [Pref. in not + capable: cf. F. incapable, L. incapabilis incomprehensible.] [1913 Webster] 1. Lacking in ability or qualification for the purpose or end in view; not large enough to contain or hold; deficient in physical… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 incapable — in·ca·pa·ble adj: lacking legal qualification or power (as by reason of mental incompetence) see also incapacity Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. incapable …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 incapable — [in kā′pə bəl] adj. [LL incapabilis] not capable; specif., a) lacking the necessary ability, competence, strength, etc. b) not legally qualified or eligible incapable of 1. not allowing or admitting; not able to accept or experience [incapable of …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 incapable — (adj.) 1590s, from M.Fr. incapable and directly from M.L. incapabilis, from in not (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + capabilis (see CAPABLE (Cf. capable)). Related: Incapably; incapability …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 incapable — adj Incapable, incompetent, unqualified mean mentally or physically unfit, or unfitted by nature, character, or training, to do a given kind of work. Except for this denial of fitness the terms otherwise correspond to the affirmative adjectives… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 incapable — Incapable. adj. de tout genre, Qui n est pas capable. Il a toutes les significations contraires à celles de son simple, excepté celle qui regarde les choses materielles; car on ne dira pas, Cette eglise, cette salle est incapable de tenir tant de …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 8 incapable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (incapable of) lacking the ability or required quality to do. 2) unable to behave rationally. DERIVATIVES incapability noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 Incapable — In*ca pa*ble, n. One who is morally or mentally weak or inefficient; an imbecile; a simpleton. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 10 incapable — [adj] not adequate; helpless butterfingers*, disqualified, feeble, impotent, inadequate, incompetent, ineffective, ineligible, inept, inexperienced, inexpert, inproficient, insufficient, losing, naive, not equal to, not up to*, poor, powerless,… …

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  • 11 INCAPABLE — adj. des deux genres Qui n est pas capable, qui n est pas en état de faire une chose. Il est incapable de se tenir debout, de marcher, de courir. Cet enfant, ce cheval est incapable de porter un si grand fardeau.   Il signifie particulièrement,… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 12 incapable — (in ka pa bl ) adj. 1°   Qui n est pas susceptible de...., en un sens défavorable ou favorable.    En un sens défavorable. Qui n a pas la capacité pour certaines choses. •   Il est savant, donc il est incapable d affaires, LA BRUYÈRE XII.… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 13 INCAPABLE — adj. des deux genres Qui n’est pas capable, qui n’est pas en état de faire une chose. Il est incapable de se tenir debout, de marcher, de courir. Il est incapable de porter un si lourd fardeau. Il signifie aussi Qui est dans une disposition, dans …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • 14 incapable — UK [ɪnˈkeɪpəb(ə)l] / US adjective 1) a) unable to do something incapable of: professors who seem incapable of any original thought incapable of doing something: The army was badly equipped, and incapable of offering serious resistance. The city s …

    English dictionary

  • 15 incapable — incapability, incapableness, n. incapably, adv. /in kay peuh beuhl/, adj. 1. not capable. 2. not having the necessary ability, qualification, or strength to perform some specified act or function: As an administrator, he is simply incapable. 3.… …

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  • 16 incapable — in|ca|pa|ble [ ın keıpəbl ] adjective 1. ) incapable of unable to do something: professors who seem incapable of any original thought incapable of doing something: The army was badly equipped, and incapable of offering serious resistance. The… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 incapable — in|ca|pa|ble [ınˈkeıpəbəl] adj [not before noun] not able to do something ≠ ↑capable incapable of ▪ He seemed incapable of understanding how she felt. ▪ 75% of the electorate believe his party is incapable of government. ▪ The stroke rendered her …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 incapable — adj. VERBS ▪ appear, be, feel, prove, seem ▪ become ▪ make sb, render sb ▪ …

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  • 19 incapable — [[t]ɪnke͟ɪpəb(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ: v link ADJ of ing/n Someone who is incapable of doing something is unable to do it. She seemed incapable of taking decisions... He was a man incapable of violence. Ant: capable 2) ADJ An incapable person is weak or… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 incapable — adj. (cannot stand alone) incapable of (she is incapable of cheating) * * * [ɪn keɪpəb(ə)l] (cannot stand alone) incapable of (she is incapable of cheating) …

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