• WordNet 3.6
    • adj incapable not meeting requirements "unequal to the demands put upon him"
    • adj incapable (followed by `of') lacking capacity or ability "incapable of carrying a tune","he is incapable of understanding the matter","incapable of doing the work"
    • adj incapable (followed by `of') not having the temperament or inclination for "simply incapable of lying"
    • adj incapable not being susceptible to or admitting of something (usually followed by `of') "incapable of solution"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cows are incapable of putting their lips together to make sounds like humans, so they are actually saying "OOOOO" instead of "Moo."
    • Incapable (Mil) As a term of disgrace, sometimes annexed to a sentence when an officer has been cashiered and rendered incapable of serving his country. "Is not your father grown incapable of reasonable affairs?"
    • Incapable Lacking in ability or qualification for the purpose or end in view; not large enough to contain or hold; deficient in physical strength, mental or moral power, etc.; not capable; as, incapable of holding a certain quantity of liquid; incapable of endurance, of comprehension, of perseverance, of reform, etc.
    • Incapable Not capable of being brought to do or perform, because morally strong or well disposed; -- used with reference to some evil; as, incapable of wrong, dishonesty, or falsehood.
    • Incapable Not in a state to receive; not receptive; not susceptible; not able to admit; as, incapable of pain, or pleasure; incapable of stain or injury.
    • n Incapable One who is morally or mentally weak or inefficient; an imbecile; a simpleton.
    • Incapable (Law) Unqualified or disqualified, in a legal sense; as, a man under thirty-five years of age is incapable of holding the office of president of the United States; a person convicted on impeachment is thereby made incapable of holding an office of profit or honor under the government.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rabbits have three eyelids, they also are incapable of burping or farting.
    • incapable Not capable. Lacking in capacity, ability, or fitness; inefficient; incompetent; inadequate.
    • incapable Lacking sufficient capacity or capaciousness; insufficient, unfit, or unqualified: in this and the succeeding uses commonly followed by of.
    • incapable Not capable of receiving or admitting; not susceptible: as, his lot is incapable of amelioration.
    • incapable Not capable of understanding or comprehending; wanting appreciation; unconscious.
    • incapable Not capable legally; unqualified; disqualified by law; wanting legal warrant or capacity.
    • incapable Synonyms Incapable, Unable. Incapable properly denotes a want of passive power, the power of receiving, and is applicable particularly to the mind, or said of something inanimate: as, a body once dead is incapable of restoration to life. The word often applies to moral inability: as, he is quite incapable of doing a thing so base; or otherwise it approaches essentially the more active meanings of unable. Unable denotes the want of active power or power of performing, being applicable to the body or to the mind: we could not say that Achilles was unable to be wounded, but we could say that Achilles was incapable of a wound. In law capable and incapable refer more frequently to legal qualification, able and unable to physical facility or hindrance: as, a man may not be legally incapable of doing an act, yet from circumstances be practically unable to do it.
    • n incapable One who lacks mental or physical capacity, either general or special.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A 4-inch-long abalone can grip a rock with a force of 400 pounds. Two grown men are incapable of prying it up.
    • adj Incapable in-kāp′a-bl not capable: insufficient, unable: lacking mental capacity: unconscious of: helplessly drunk: disqualified
    • n Incapable one lacking capacity
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  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
    “I sometimes give myself admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it.”
  • John Ruskin
    “No art can be noble which is incapable of expressing thought, and no art is capable of expressing thought which does not change.”
  • Sir Peter Imbert
    Sir Peter Imbert
    “University degrees are a bit like adultery: you may not want to get involved with that sort of thing, but you don't want to be thought incapable.”
  • James Callaghan
    James Callaghan
    “Some people, however long their experience or strong their intellect, are temperamentally incapable of reaching firm decisions.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience!”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. in-, not + capable,: cf. F. incapable, L. incapabilis, incomprehensible


In literature:

But really I was then incapable of any thing.
"Clarissa Harlowe, Volume 9 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Madame, I am incapable of selling my patronage.
"In the Days of My Youth" by Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
Man is incapable of sin.
"Around Old Bethany" by Robert Lee Berry
He was not fitted for hard work, however, as he was frail in constitution and incapable of bearing much fatigue.
"Analyzing Character" by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
Of course she was incapable of such a locution, and it was silly of him to have thought otherwise, even momentarily.
"The Roll-Call" by Arnold Bennett
Surely she would be incapable of such clumsiness!
"The Pretty Lady" by Arnold E. Bennett
He felt, in truth, somewhat incapable of quite incoherent speech.
"The Air Trust" by George Allan England
Our literature he was incapable of enjoying or understanding.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XII." by Arthur Mee
My grandmother was a gentle, patient soul, living for her family, wholly unselfish and incapable of complaint.
"A Backward Glance at Eighty" by Charles A. Murdock
Happily for his peace of mind, he was incapable of looking a fact in the face.
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett

In poetry:

Incapable of the least utterance or composition,
Emendation, conservation of the 'better tradition',
Refinement of medium, elimination of superfluities,
August attraction or concentration.
"'The Age Demanded'" by Ezra Pound
He brought a lot of backers, too with money all galore,
Who covered all Coyote's bets and was for gambling more.
They said a horse that claimed this zone for his sunny habitat
Was incapable of bucking off a regular man like that.
"That Bucking Bronk, Coyote" by Curley Fletcher

In news:

Injuries and age have rendered 'D' ineffective, seemingly incapable of intimidation.
Public fiduciaries are responsible for the management of estates of people deemed by the court to be incapable of handling their own affairs, due to physical or mental impairment.
The younger sister of a Southern California man charged with plotting to become a terrorist says the family is shocked by his arrest and her brother is incapable of violence.
Britney Spears 'Mentally Incapable ' of Getting Married While Under Conservatorship.
Three-pointers: Detroit Pistons incapable of slowing San Antonio Spurs' efficient offense.
Trenton crowd's constitutionally incapable of property-tax reform.
Singer's parents claim she is incapable of testifying in court.
Former Brooklyn resident Robbie Bent called a mothers helpline six weeks after giving birth, feeling incapable of motherhood.
Anchorage — The Alaska Aces and Colorado Eagles are evidently incapable of playing a boring hockey game.
He's a pigheaded friend who's incapable of backing down from a stupid challenge.
Oets, by nature, are incapable of living the unexamined life.
And because of our lack of righteousness and holiness, we are incapable of entering heaven.
The documents read that Russell was driving negligently when he struck the pedestrian leaving him injured and incapable working.
When climate change takes over, rendering MoJo editors incapable of posting scary stories about how your consumer choices are ruining everything, the Mother Jones Eco-Doom Headline Generator will kick in.
While other generations may think that we are incapable of using old forms of communication, in reality Gen Y is improving the efficiency of these methods.

In science:

This increase in s in the PM phase can be one of the reasons for the incapability of the RF disorders generate IT.
Inverse Transitions in the Ghatak-Sherrington model with Bimodal Random Fields
The perturbative treatment adopted, suitable for weak disorder, is incapable of generating the plateaux which appear in the (integer-) Quantized Hall Effect, when one plots transverse conductivity versus charge density.
The weakly disordered 2D electron gas in a magnetic field
In a system with a network throughput incapable of handling the loading, the system will most likely grid-lock (see below).
Experiences with a simplified microsimulation for the Dallas/Fort Worth area
Additionally, since | sin(θ)| is at most 1, the anomaly is rendered incapable of rising much further at perihelions closer than 1 AU to the sun. (C3) and (C4) are elegantly explained by considering the vector sum of the solar and the galactic gravitational forces g = gs + gg acting on the spacecraft (Fig. 4).
The correct analysis and explanation of the Pioneer-Galileo anomalies
Indeed, the first is incapable of accounting for the quantum features of spacetime; the second is incapable of dealing with the absence of a fixed background spatiotemporal structure.
The century of the incomplete revolution: searching for general relativistic quantum field theory