Legal Definition and Related Resources of Incapacity

Meaning of Incapacity

Want of capacity ; legal disability See Capacity.

Incapacity Alternative Definition

The want of a quality legally to do, give, transmit, or receive something. See ‘Capacity.”

Synonyms of Incapacity


  • adynamy
  • anility
  • caducity
  • disability
  • disablement
  • disenablement
  • disqualification
  • dotage
  • failure
  • feebleness
  • helplessness
  • impotence
  • impuissance
  • inability
  • inadequacy
  • inaptitude
  • incapability
  • incapacitation
  • incompetence
  • incompetency
  • incomprehension
  • inefficacy
  • inefficiency
  • ineptitude
  • infirmity
  • inscitia
  • lack of capacity
  • lack of fitness
  • lack of power
  • morosis
  • unfitness
  • unproficiency
  • unskillfulness
  • weakness Associated Concepts: disability
  • incapacity for work
  • incapacity to sue
  • legal incapacity
  • mental incapacity
  • permanent incapacity
  • physical incapacity
  • total incapacity

Related Entries of Incapacity in the Encyclopedia of Law Project

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Incapacity in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Anaphrodisia, Canonical Disability, Dilatory Pleas, Fault, General Demurrer, Illinois Rule, Impotence, Insanity, Permanent Disability, Regency, Spendthrift Trust.


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Incapacity in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of incapacity.


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Incapacity

(You may find incapacity at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

1610s, “lack of ability, powerlessness,” from French incapacité (16c.), from Medieval Latin incapacitatem (nominative incapacitas), from Late Latin incapax (genitive incapacis) “incapable,” from in- “not” (see in- (1)) + Latin capax “capable,” literally “able to hold much,” from capere “to take,” from PIE root *kap- “to grasp.” As a legal term (1640s), “lack of qualification,” referring to inability to take, receive, or deal with in some way.


See Also

  • Capacity


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police Work
  • Law Enforcement Agency

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