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capacity

1. a measure of the electrical output of a piece of apparatus such as a motor, generator, or accumulator
2. Electronics a former name for capacitance
3. Computing
a. the number of words or characters that can be stored in a particular storage device
b. the range of numbers that can be processed in a register
4. the bit rate that a communication channel or other system can carry
5. legal competence

capacity

[kə′pas·əd·ē]
(analytical chemistry)
In chromatography, a measurement used in ion-exchange systems to express the adsorption ability of the ion-exchange materials.
(computer science)
(electricity)
(science and technology)
Volume, especially in reference to merchandise or containers thereof.

capacity

2. The volume contained in a vessel.
3. The maximum or minimum water flow obtainable under given conditions (e.g., specified conditions of pressure, temperature, and velocity).

capacity

As it pertains to airports, it is the ability of an airport to handle a given volume of traffic. It is a limit that cannot be exceeded without incurring an operational penalty.

capacity

(communications)
The maximum possible data transfer rate of a communications channel under ideal conditions. The total capacity of a channel may be shared between several independent data streams using some kind of multiplexing, in which case, each stream's data rate may be limited to a fixed fraction of the total capacity.

capacity

With regard to computer and information systems, capacity refers to the storage and transaction processing capability of computer systems, the network and/or the datacenter. See capacity-on-demand and storage capacity.
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Regarding marriages, judges have traditionally recognized three levels of mental capacity:
Dexter in 2000 is another good example of the extent of evidence required to set a marriage aside based on lack of mental capacity. A 93-year-old man married his 54-year-old housekeeper and he died a short time later.
English law is presently attempting to legislate best practice in situations where people lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions.
The judge analysed the case at a private hearing in the Court of Protection in Cardiff, where issues about people who might lack the mental capacity to take decisions for themselves are considered.
When a nurse is impaired or suspected of being impaired by chemical dependency (or substance use disorder), mental illness or has diminished mental capacity, a report is required to be made to the Board of Nursing (BON or Board) when there is a belief that the nurse committed a practice violation [Tex.
His predecessor, Rex Tillerson, didn't have the mental capacity needed.
Primary care physicians are required to assess the mental capacity of the patient, with the presumption that the patient has mental capacity.
More and more people are being asked to step in to make financial or health decisions for relatives or friends who no longer have the mental capacity to do so.
If a person has already lost mental capacity, family/ friends can apply to the Court Protection to appoint what known as a deputy with LPA.