(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.
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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
Examples of unable in a Sentence
Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.
The North Koreans have made several statements challenging Moon to move forward, but obviously the situation has left Seoul unable to do so.
In light of some recent development, I am unable to attend today’s ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters.
If we are unable to obtain sufficient orders and/or market, production and other risks can not be mitigated, we could record additional losses that may be material, and it is reasonably possible that we could decide to end production of the 747.
As a result, we've also been unable to fully comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for our EU-users by the deadline of May 25, 2018. We are continuing our efforts to resolve the situation.
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