What does unable mean?

Definitions for unable
ʌnˈeɪ bəlun·able

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unableadjective

    (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)adjective

    (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, unableadjective

    lacking in power or forcefulness

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

Wiktionary

  1. unableadjective

    Not able; lacking a certain ability.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unableadjective

    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

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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

Examples of unable in a Sentence

  1. Bryan Maach:

    Unfortunately, due to the nature of the cancellation and the ongoing investigation, ACT is unable to offer a retest opportunity before the next scheduled administration in September.

  2. Simone de Beauvoir:

    The curse which lies upon marriage is that too often the individuals are joined in their weakness rather than in their strength --each asking from the other instead of finding pleasure in giving. It is even more deceptive to dream of gaining through the child a plenitude, a warmth, a value, which one is unable to create for oneself; the child brings joy only to the woman who is capable of disinterestedly desiring the happiness of another, to one who without being wrapped up in self seeks to transcend her own existence.

  3. Seneca:

    It is a youthful failing to be unable to control one's impulses.

  4. Lena Dunham:

    For highly personal reasons, I’ve been unable to join previous efforts but being asked to be a part of this celebratory moment was truly beautiful. I’ve worked with Tessa and respect her artistry and admire her consistent candor.

  5. Brian Nunamaker:

    As a parent, you feel extremely helpless to be unable to assist the most important person in the world during such a time of emergency, worst case scenarios run through your head while you are hoping for the best. The eternity of waiting for help to arrive was surprisingly non-existent in this situation. I was surprised at how quickly help had arrived in the form of a fire truck. When the firefighters arrived on the scene, Nunamaker’s daughter was limp but she was still breathing and had a pulse. His daughter arrived at the hospital and started to have another seizure, but it stopped momentarily. Nunamaker said his daughter was later transferred to VCU and was later discharged. Nunamaker told Fox 5 DC he was hoping to put the ordeal behind him, but couldn’t when he heard the news of Kelley and Bloom’s suspension. My wife and I feel terrible for the fallout that has happened to these two gentlemen, Nunamaker said in a statement to Fox 5 DC. They simply had the best interests for our daughter's care in mind.

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