(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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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
While I am disappointed that we are unable to build in Nepal due to such uncertain circumstances, Rosalynn and I understand and support Habitat's decision, we will keep the people of Nepal in our prayers and ask everyone to do the same.
It's like we've been born again and finally feel some hope, we were thrown into the street just before we could take our pension. We have been through so much. The new government faces an immediate cash shortage, with a dwindling primary surplus, upcoming loan repayments, and limits on the money it can raise using treasury bill auctions. Megan Greene, chief economist at Manulife Asset Management, said the government will be unable to afford to run its day-to-day operations and pay back debt that falls due in March in the absence of additional cash from international creditors.
Part of the suffering is that migraines take such a huge hit on people's lives and finances, you are unable to go to work, you are using up all your vacation time, and you are prevented from being able to advance in your career.
Not only are families losing their remaining livestock, but the heavy rain is making the roads inaccessible, roads are turning into raging rivers and trucks carrying food assistance are unable to reach many communities.
The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow, they disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.
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