I need to disable 'Add New' button for my CPT, but when I add:

'capabilities' => array(
    'create_posts' => false,
    'edit_posts' => true,
    'edit_post' => true,
    'delete_post' => true,

I can only VIEW this post (I can't edit and delete it) - why?

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Full credit to this answer on Stack Overflow: you need to set the create_posts value to do_not_allow (or false in Wordpress versions below 4.5) and crucially set the map_meta_cap to true:

register_post_type( 'custom_post_type_name', array(
    'capability_type' => 'post',
        'capabilities' => array(
        'create_posts' => 'do_not_allow', // Prior to Wordpress 4.5, this was false
    'map_meta_cap' => true, //  With this set to true, users will still be able to edit & delete posts

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