(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
It was pushing me up and I was unable to grab him.
Unable are the Loved to die For Love is Immortality.
It is the sign of a week mind to be unable to bear wealth.
It is the sign of a weak mind to be unable to bear wealth.
It is a youthful failing to be unable to control one's impulses.
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