Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Lack of legal ability.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Want of capacity; want of power or ability to take or dispose; want of legal ability to act. Ellicott v. Ellicott, 90 Md. 321, 45 Atl. 183, 48 In H. A. 58; Drews' Appeal, 58 N. H. 320; Appeal of Cleveland, 72 Conn. 340, 44 All. 476; In re Blinn, 99 Cal. 216, 33 Pac. 841.
    —Legal incapacity; This expression implies that the person in view has the right vested in him, but is prevented by some impediment from exercising it; as in the case of minors, femes covert, lunatics, etc. An administrator has no right until letters are issued to him. Therefore he canuot benefit (as respects the time bsfore obtaining letters) by a saving clause in a statute of limitations in favor of persons under a legal incapacity to sue. Gates v. Brattle, 1 Root (Conn.) 187.