What does unable mean?

Definitions for unableʌnˈeɪ bəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word unable.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. unable(adj)

    (usually followed by `to') not having the necessary means or skill or know-how

    "unable to get to town without a car"; "unable to obtain funds"

  2. unable(p)(adj)

    (usually followed by `to') lacking necessary physical or mental ability

    "dyslexics are unable to learn to read adequately"; "the sun was unable to melt enough snow"

  3. ineffective, ineffectual, unable(adj)

    lacking in power or forcefulness

    "an ineffectual ruler"; "like an unable phoenix in hot ashes"

Wiktionary

  1. unable(Adjective)

    Not able; lacking a certain ability.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unable(adj)

    not able; not having sufficient strength, means, knowledge, skill, or the like; impotent' weak; helpless; incapable; -- now usually followed by an infinitive or an adverbial phrase; as, unable for work; unable to bear fatigue

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unable

    un-ā′bl, adj. not able: not having sufficient strength, power, or skill: weak: impotent.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unable' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1600

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unable' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3582

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'unable' in Adjectives Frequency: #205

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unable in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Andr Gide:

    Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.

  2. G. K. Chesterton:

    It is not bigotry to be certain we are right but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.

  3. Aristotle:

    He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.

  4. Lewis Thomas:

    We are, perhaps, uniquely among the earth's creatures, the worrying animal. We worry away our lives, fearing the future, discontent with the present, unable to take in the idea of dying, unable to sit still.

  5. Stacie McQuinn:

    We are unable to visit our loved ones, and unable to hug them, give a kiss, hold their hand, we are unable to pick up the phone and say 'Hi, how are you doing?' We are unable to write them ... So the defendant should not be able to have any of those things.

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