Definitions for unable
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word unable.
(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, unableadjective
lacking in power or forcefulness
"an ineffectual ruler"; "like an unable phoenix in hot ashes"
Not able; lacking a certain ability.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
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
Right now there's no indication that food retailers will be unable to meet the demand of consumers.
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.
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.
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.
Franchise owners are now left with lots full of (diesel) vehicles they are unable to sell.
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