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UNABLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does unable mean? 

UNABLE (adjective)
  The adjective UNABLE has 3 senses:

1. (usually followed by 'to') not having the necessary means or skill or know-how
2. (usually followed by 'to') lacking necessary physical or mental ability
3. lacking in power or forcefulness

  Familiarity information: UNABLE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNABLE (adjective)


Sense 1unable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(usually followed by 'to') not having the necessary means or skill or know-how

Context examples:

unable to get to town without a car / unable to obtain funds

Attribute:

ability (the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment)

Antonym:

able ((usually followed by 'to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something)


Sense 2unable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(usually followed by 'to') lacking necessary physical or mental ability

Context examples:

dyslexics are unable to learn to read adequately / the sun was unable to melt enough snow

Similar:

incapable ((followed by 'of') lacking capacity or ability)


Sense 3unable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking in power or forcefulness

Synonyms:

ineffective; ineffectual; unable

Context examples:

an ineffectual ruler / like an unable phoenix in hot ashes

Similar:

impotent (lacking power or ability)


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