What does inability mean?

Definitions for inability
ˌɪn əˈbɪl ɪ tiin·abil·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inabilitynoun

    lack of ability (especially mental ability) to do something

  2. inability, unfitnessnoun

    lacking the power to perform


  1. inabilitynoun

    lack of the ability to do something; incapability

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Inabilitynoun

    Impuissance; impotence; want of power.

    Etymology: in and ability.

    If no natural nor casual inability cross their desires, they always delighting to inure themselves with actions most beneficial to others, cannot but gather great experience, and thro' experience the more wisdom. Richard Hooker.

    Neither ignorance nor inability can be pretended; and what plea can we offer to divine justice to prevent condemnation? John Rogers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inabilitynoun

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inability

    in-a-bil′i-ti, n. want of sufficient power: incapacity.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inability in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inability in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of inability in a Sentence

  1. David Neeleman:

    With the disorganization, procrastination and inability to focus, and all the other bad things that come with ADHD, there also come creativity and the ability to take risks.

  2. Steven Driscoll:

    The Hot Yoga Tallahassee attacker was motivated to carry out violence by The Hot Yoga Tallahassee attacker inability to develop or maintain relationships with women, along with The Hot Yoga Tallahassee attacker perception of women's societal power over men.

  3. Ducks International:

    Plaintiff (Harris) has been rendered nervous by the incident, (He) has suffered anxiety of body and mind and has suffered emotional upset and loss of enjoyment of life, has suffered on going inability to sleep, horrific nightmares, distress, trauma, and post traumatic stress.

  4. West Virginia:

    All Im asking for the man to do is follow the Constitution and he has the inability to do that.

  5. Anthony Davis:

    The real danger for these groups is their chronic inability to present a united front, which historically has allowed Myanmar’s military to divide and rule or spin out negotiations indefinitely.

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