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Capacity has the same signification in common parlance as content or volume in mathematics. In physics the term indicates power of holding or retaining. For instance, the capacity of a given body for heat, water, etc. In legal phraseology it means the capability or otherwise of persons to do certain acts, as, for instance, to purchase or convey property, to commit crime of any kind, to hold office, etc.