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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n incapacity lack of physical or natural qualifications
    • n incapacity lack of intellectual power
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Incapacity Lack of capacity; lack of physical or intellectual power; inability.
    • Incapacity (Law) Lack of legal ability or competency to do, give, transmit, or receive something; inability; disqualification; as, the inacapacity of minors to make binding contracts, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n incapacity Lack of capacity; lack of ability or qualification; inability; incapability; incompetency.
    • n incapacity In law, the lack of legal qualification; that condition of a person which forbids a given act on his part, and makes the act legally inefficacious even if he does it: as, infancy constitutes an incapacity to contract; a trust creates in the trustee an incapacity to buy the trust property for himself at his own sale. Synonyms Disability, disqualification, unfitness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Incapacity want of capacity or power of mind: inability: legal disqualification
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  • B. R. Hayden
    B. R. Hayden
    “The first proof of a person's incapacity to achieve, is their endeavoring to fix the stigma of failure on others.”
  • William Blake
    “Prudence is a rich, ugly, old maid courted by incapacity.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. incapacité,


In literature:

It was a proof of the incapacity of the bourgeois that they had tolerated such a Tsar.
"In the World War" by Count Ottokar Czernin
Incapacity doesn't show up.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
BLACK states a like case leading to sexual incapacity, as a result of the stricture.
"Manhood Perfectly Restored" by Unknown
I realized my incapacity to do justice to the occasion, while at the same time I recognized the high compliment conveyed.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z" by Various
It's a very good reason for voiding a contract voidable on grounds of unfitness or incapacity to teach.
"The Edge of the Knife" by Henry Beam Piper
Felix had not inherited his father's incapacity for making money.
"The Circular Study" by Anna Katharine Green
It wasn't stupidity or incapacity to learn, but simply that he had never been subjected to the discipline of construction engineering.
"The Sky Is Falling" by Lester del Rey
Such indisposition or incapacity leads to erroneous conclusions.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
It is either incapacity or downright laziness that has kept me from competing in the field I have described.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol II, After-Dinner Speeches E-O" by Various
They had already seen the paralysing effects of the incapacity of some English officers.
"With Clive in India" by G. A. Henty
But unless there is real incapacity, nobody cares.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 117, July, 1867." by Various
My accursed, witless incapacity!
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
One has not here to struggle against the ignorance and incapacity of native servants.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. October, 1878." by Various
His own deficiencies and incapacities he projects upon the environment.
"Studies in Forensic Psychiatry" by Bernard Glueck
If a French army is defeated, it is owing to the treachery or the incapacity of the commander.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
Would she not, in a week, be irritated by his incapacity?
"The Dark Forest" by Hugh Walpole
Doggie never questioned his physical incapacity.
"The Literary World Seventh Reader" by Various
Such was his military incapacity that he was incapable of foreseeing anything.
"Sketches The Carrier Pigeon, The Consul's Daughter, Walstein--Or A Cure For Melancholy, The Court Of Egypt, The Valley Of Thebes, Egyptian Thebes, Shoubra Eden And Lebanon, A Syrian Sketch, The Bosphorus, An Interview With A Great Turk, Munich, The Spirit Of Whiggism" by Benjamin Disraeli
Idleness is the forerunner of ignorance, laziness, and general incapacity.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
Quintilian has justly observed, that the obscurity of a writer is generally in proportion to his incapacity.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli

In poetry:

The Moral is: All said and done,
There's nothing new beneath the sun,
And many times before, a title
Was incapacity's requital!
"How Rumplestilz Held Out In Vain For A Bonus" by Guy Wetmore Carryl

In news:

Where an employee was awarded partial incapacity benefits, a recommittal must be ordered because of misidentified evidence.
Charlie Sheen fired from 'Two and a Half Men' for ' incapacity ' and 'moral turpitude'.
NBC Warner Bros says it fired Charlie Sheen for " incapacity " -- citing TV appearances like this "Today" show segment -- and "moral turpitude".
Facing Possiblility of Incapacity .
Facing the Possibility of Incapacity .
Incapacity means that you are either mentally or physically unable to take care of yourself or your day-to-day affairs.
Effective June 15, 2012 In accordance with MCR 9.115(H)(2), the hearing panel determined that respondent's claim of physical incapacity as the reason for her inability to appear at a hearing scheduled for.
Incapacity means that you are either mentally or physically unable to take care of yourself or your day-to-day affairs.
How do they arrange to care for each other in case of illness or incapacity.
Charlie Sheen fired from 'Two and a Half Men' for 'incapacity' and 'moral turpitude '.
NBC Warner Bros says it fired Charlie Sheen for "incapacity" -- citing TV appearances like this "Today" show segment -- and "moral turpitude ".
On rehearing, the Indiana Court of Appeals addressed the issue of an ex-husband's ability to pay incapacity maintenance to his spouse, but affirmed its original opinion in all respects.
Whether you're seeking to manage your own assets, control how your assets are distributed after your death, or plan for incapacity, trusts can help you accomplish your estate planning goals.

In science:

But he central weakness, the incapacity to restore unbiased PRNs from biased inputs, is independent of the lag.
Entropy of Pseudo Random Number Generators
The incapacity of model 1 to reproduce the right level of Bturb/B0 is a strong evidence for the presence of an unpolarized anomalous emission at 23 GHz.
Separation of anomalous and synchrotron emissions using WMAP polarization data
Why this effective incapacity to predict individual outcomes or time series of measurement data should be different from other “classical” statistical sources of randomness — even when complementarity and value indefiniteness is taken into account — remains an open question, at least from a formal point of view.
Indeterminism and Randomness Through Physics
The difficulties to integrate applications (or make them interoperable) and the incapacity to customize the software to better fit customers‘ needs led to the development of Web services which built on the software-as-service model to allow the development of complex applications by composing existing .
Comparative Studies of 10 Programming Languages within 10 Diverse Criteria - a Team 10 COMP6411-S10 Term Report
Si se deja muchos entornos con un pequeño número de interacciones en cada uno, muchos agentes serán incapaces de encontrar el patrón y tomar venta ja de ello.
Analysis of first prototype universal intelligence tests: evaluating and comparing AI algorithms and humans
For higher values the incapacity of the system to get complete phase separation couples to a behaviour of the maps’ asymptotic PDFs that have characteristics similar to the case N = 4.
Antiferromagnetic effects in Chaotic Map lattices with a conservation law
At the light of the result before discussed, the physical reason of this incapacity of the system to develop entanglement stems from the fact that the time evolution from this initial condition never makes significantly different the probabilities of finding the two spins in the state |↑↑i or |↓↓i respectively.
A criterion for entanglement in two two-level systems
In this paper, we will focus on the capacity or incapacity of chemical reaction networks (CRNs) to admit multiple equilibria in their dynamics.
Differential and graphical approaches to multistability theory for chemical reaction networks