What does incapable mean?

Definitions for incapableɪnˈkeɪ pə bəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word incapable.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. incapable(adj)

    (followed by `of') lacking capacity or ability

    "incapable of carrying a tune"; "he is incapable of understanding the matter"; "incapable of doing the work"

  2. incapable(p)(adj)

    not being susceptible to or admitting of something (usually followed by `of')

    "incapable of solution"

  3. incapable(adj)

    (followed by `of') not having the temperament or inclination for

    "simply incapable of lying"

  4. incapable, incompetent, unequal to(p)(adj)

    not meeting requirements

    "unequal to the demands put upon him"


  1. incapable(Adjective)

    Not being capable (of doing something); unable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Incapable(adj)

    wanting 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

  2. Incapable(adj)

    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

  3. Incapable(adj)

    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

  4. Incapable(adj)

    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

  5. Incapable(adj)

    as a term of disgrace, sometimes annexed to a sentence when an officer has been cashiered and rendered incapable of serving his country

  6. Incapable(noun)

    one who is morally or mentally weak or inefficient; an imbecile; a simpleton

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Incapable

    in-kāp′a-bl, adj. not capable: insufficient, unable: lacking mental capacity: unconscious of: helplessly drunk: disqualified.—n. one lacking capacity.—n. Incapabil′ity.—adv. Incap′ably.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of incapable in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of incapable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Publilius Syrus:

    Any plan is bad which is incapable of modification.

  2. La Bruyere:

    This great misfortune - to be incapable of solitude.

  3. The Talmud:

    Until a child is one year old it is incapable of sin.

  4. G. H. Lewes, Physiology of Common Life:

    We must never assume that which is incapable of proof.

  5. Bozo Petrov:

    A new election is much cheaper than an incapable government.

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