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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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unableadjective

    Etymology: from able.

    The Amalekites set on them, supposing that they had been weary, and unable to resist. Walter Raleigh, Hist. of the World.

    Zeal mov’d thee:
    To please thy gods thou didst it; gods unable
    T’ acquit themselves, and prosecute their foes. John Milton.

    The prince unable to conceal his pain,
    Gaz’d on the fair,
    And sigh’d, and look’d, and sigh’d again. Dryden.

    I intended to put it in practice, though far unable for the attempt of such a poem. Dryden.

    Man, under the disadvantages of a weak and fallen nature, was unable even to form an idea of happiness worthy his reasonable ambition. John Rogers, Sermons.

    A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable;
    Beyond all manner of so much I love you. William Shakespeare.

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. Alyssa Pike:

    Right now there's no indication that food retailers will be unable to meet the demand of consumers.

  2. Baba Faiz:

    Mathematics is not how fast you calculate, rather mathematics is how well you understand. Because a calculator can solve faster than anyone, but is unable to understand the difficult problems of differential calculus and integration.

  3. Shinzo Abe:

    I wish to look squarely at the fact that behind the refugees we find a much larger number of people who are unable even to flee and become refugees.

  4. Mahmoud Abbas:

    It proves that we can not go on without democratic elections, without legislative authority, without independent judiciary and without separation of powers. Palestine needs more than a security system that is unable to protect its people from Israeli attacks. Palestine needs democracy and elections immediately.

  5. Steve Berman:

    Franchise owners are now left with lots full of (diesel) vehicles they are unable to sell.

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