What does unable mean?

Definitions for unable
ʌnˈeɪ bəlun·able

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unable(adj)

    (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)(adj)

    (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, unable(adj)

    lacking in power or forcefulness

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

Wiktionary

  1. unable(Adjective)

    Not able; lacking a certain ability.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unable(adj)

    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

How to pronounce unable?

  1. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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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. Biden TransitionBiden:

    Our hearts go out to all of you who have fallen on hard times -- through no fault of Biden TransitionBiden own, I might add -- unable to sleep at night, way down with the worry of what tomorrow will bring to Biden TransitionBiden and for Biden TransitionBiden family.

  2. Blaise Pascal:

    I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room.

  3. Salvatore Cordileone:

    If you find that you are unwilling or unable to abandon your advocacy for abortion, you should not come forward to receive Holy Communion.

  4. Canterbury Justin Welby:

    It would not be good if the Church is unable to set an example to the world of showing how we can love one another and disagree profoundly.

  5. Yasser Abdelaziz:

    The party also entered this battle without the use of its greatest weapon: religion. It was unable to use religious slogans in campaigning.

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