GC: n

S: UNICEF – (last access: 23 April 2013)

N: 1. early 17th century: from French incapacité or late Latin incapacitas, from in- (expressing negation) + capacitas (see capacity).
2. Physical or mental inability to do something or to manage one’s affairs. Legal disqualification.
3. As nouns the difference between incapacity and disability is that incapacity is the lack of a capacity; an inability while disability is state of being disabled; deprivation or want of ability; absence of competent physical, intellectual, or moral power, means, fitness, and the like.
4. Collocations: entrenched incapacity, incapacity benefit, legal incapacity, to be sacked for incapacity.

S: 1 & 2. (last access: 2 September 2014). 3. (last access: 24 February 2018); (last access: 24 February 2018). 4. MW – (last access: 4 June 2015); (last access: 4 June 2015).


CR: crippled person, disabled person, disability, handicap, impairment.