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 for incapable
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Incapable \In*ca"pa*ble\, n.
     One who is morally or mentally weak or inefficient; an
     imbecile; a simpleton.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Incapable \In*ca"pa*ble\, a. [Pref. in- not + capable: cf. F.
     incapable, L. incapabilis incomprehensible.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. Lacking 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.
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     2. 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
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     3. 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.
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     4. (Law) 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.
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     5. (Mil.) As a term of disgrace, sometimes annexed to a
        sentence when an officer has been cashiered and rendered
        incapable of serving his country.
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     Note: Incapable is often used elliptically.
           [1913 Webster]
                 Is not your father grown incapable of reasonable
                 affairs?                           --Shak.
     Syn: Incompetent; unfit; unable; insufficient; inadequate;
          deficient; disqualified. See Incompetent.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: (followed by `of') lacking capacity or ability;
             "incapable of carrying a tune"; "he is incapable of
             understanding the matter"; "incapable of doing the work"
             [ant: capable]
      2: not being susceptible to or admitting of something (usually
         followed by `of'); "incapable of solution"
      3: (followed by `of') not having the temperament or inclination
         for; "simply incapable of lying" [ant: capable]
      4: not meeting requirements; "unequal to the demands put upon
         him" [syn: incapable, incompetent, unequal to(p)]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  49 Moby Thesaurus words for "incapable":
     amputee, cripple, defective, deformity, disqualified, dull tool,
     greenhorn, handicapped person, idiot, ill-equipped, ill-fitted,
     ill-furnished, ill-provided, ill-qualified, imbecile,
     impervious to, inadequate, incapable of, incompetent, ineffective,
     ineffectual, inefficient, inept, inferior, maladjusted, mediocrity,
     no conjuror, not equal to, not up to, paralytic, paraplegic,
     quadriplegic, the crippled, the handicapped, unable, unable to,
     unadapted, unadjusted, unarmed, unendowed, unequal to, unequipped,
     unfit, unfitted, ungifted, unprovided, unqualified, unsuited,

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