incapable Definition

  • 1lacking the ability, fitness, or qualification to do something
  • 2not able to do something as it should be done

Using incapable: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "incapable" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He is incapable of telling the truth.

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    She was incapable of managing the project alone.

  • Example

    The team was incapable of winning the game without their star player.

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    The machine was incapable of producing the desired results.

incapable Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with incapable

  • not having the mental capacity or ability to do something


    He was declared mentally incapable of making his own decisions.

  • not having the physical capacity or ability to do something


    She was physically incapable of lifting the heavy box.

  • not having the ability to feel or express love


    After his wife's death, he felt incapable of love and refused to date anyone else.

Origins of incapable

from Latin 'in-' meaning 'not' + 'capabilis' meaning 'able'


Summary: incapable in Brief

The term 'incapable' [ɪnˈkeɪpəbl] refers to a lack of ability, fitness, or qualification to do something. It can describe both mental and physical limitations, such as 'mentally incapable' or 'physically incapable.' 'Incapable' is often used in formal contexts, and its synonyms include 'incompetent' and 'unqualified.' The opposite of 'incapable' is 'capable.'

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