Definition of incapacity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪnkəˈpæsəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnkəˈpæsəti//
    [uncountable] (formal) Poor health, Being ill
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  1. 1incapacity (of somebody/something) (to do something) lack of ability or skill synonym inability their incapacity to govern effectively
  2. 2the state of being too ill/sick to do your work or take care of yourself She returned to work after a long period of incapacity. See related entries: Poor health, Being ill
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French incapacité or late Latin incapacitas, from in- (expressing negation) + capacitas (from capax, capac- ‘that can contain’, from capere ‘take or hold’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: incapacity

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