(In*ca"nous) a. [L. incanus; pref. in- in + canus hoary.] (Bot.) Hoary with white pubescence.
(In`can*ta"tion) n. [L. incantatio, fr. incantare to chant a magic formula over one: cf. F.
incantation. See Enchant.]
1. The act or process of using formulas sung or spoken, with occult ceremonies, for the purpose of
raising spirits, producing enchantment, or affecting other magical results; enchantment. "Mysterious ceremony
and incantation." Burke.
2. A formula of words used as above.
(In*cant"a*to*ry) a. Dealing by enchantment; magical. Sir T. Browne.
(In*cant"ing), a. Enchanting. [Obs.] Sir T. Herbert.
(In*can"ton) v. t. To unite to, or form into, a canton or separate community. Addison.
1. The quality of being incapable; incapacity. Suckling.
2. (Law) Want of legal qualifications, or of legal power; as, incapability of holding an office.
(In*ca"pa*ble) a. [Pref. in- not + capable: cf. F. incapable, L. incapabilis incomprehensible.]
1. Wanting 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.
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 falsehood.
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.
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.
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.
Incapable is often used elliptically.
Is not your father grown incapable of reasonable affairs?Shak.
Syn. Incompetent; unfit; unable; insufficient; inadequate; deficient; disqualified. See Incompetent.
(In*ca"pa*ble), n. One who is morally or mentally weak or inefficient; an imbecile; a simpleton.
(In*ca"pa*ble*ness), n. The quality or state of being incapable; incapability.
(In*ca"pa*bly), adv. In an incapable manner.
(In`ca*pa"cious) a. [Pref. in- not + capacious: cf. L. incapax incapable.] Not capacious; narrow; small; weak
or foolish; as, an incapacious soul. Bp. Burnet. In`ca*pa"cious*ness, n.