Definition of incapable adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈkeɪpəbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈkeɪpəbl//
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  1. 1not able to do something incapable of something incapable of speech incapable of doing something The children seem to be totally incapable of working by themselves.
  2. 2not able to control yourself or your affairs; not able to do anything well He was found lying in the road, drunk and incapable. If people keep telling you you're incapable, you begin to lose confidence in yourself.
  3. opposite capable
    Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French, or from late Latin incapabilis, from in- ‘not’ + capabilis (from Latin capere ‘take or hold’).Extra examples He was apparently physically incapable of lowering his voice. She was constitutionally incapable of bad temper. The wine had made him incapable of thinking clearly. This type of arrangement remains valid even if you become mentally incapable.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: incapable