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unable - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'unable' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Unable [ a.]
- 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.

Meaning of 'unable' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . unable [ a]
Meaning (1):
- (usually followed by `to') not having the necessary means or skill or know-how
Example in sentence:
  • unable to get to town without a car;
  • unable to obtain funds
2 . unable [ s]
Meaning (2):
- lacking in power or forcefulness
Example in sentence:
  • an ineffectual ruler;
  • like an unable phoenix in hot ashes
Meaning (3):
- (usually followed by `to') lacking necessary physical or mental ability
Example in sentence:
  • dyslexics are unable to learn to read adequately;
  • the sun was unable to melt enough snow