Definitions for inabilityˌɪn əˈbɪl ɪ ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•a•bil•i•tyˌɪn əˈbɪl ɪ ti(n.)

  1. lack of ability.

Origin of inability:

1400–50; late ME < ML

Princeton's WordNet

  1. inability(noun)

    lack of ability (especially mental ability) to do something

  2. inability, unfitness(noun)

    lacking the power to perform

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. inability(noun)ˌɪn əˈbɪl ɪ ti

    the fact of being unable to do sth

    her inability to accept help


  1. inability(Noun)

    lack of the ability to do something; incapability

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inability(noun)

    the quality or state of being unable; lack of ability; want of sufficient power, strength, resources, or capacity

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'inability' in Nouns Frequency: #2836

Translations for inability

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the lack of power, means, ability etc (to do something)

I was surprised at his inability to read.

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