(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"
(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"
ineffective, ineffectual, unable(adj)
lacking in power or forcefulness
"an ineffectual ruler"; "like an unable phoenix in hot ashes"
Not able; lacking a certain ability.
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
un-ā′bl, adj. not able: not having sufficient strength, power, or skill: weak: impotent.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'unable' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1600
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'unable' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3582
Rank popularity for the word 'unable' in Adjectives Frequency: #205
The numerical value of unable in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of unable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.
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.
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.
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.
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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