inability


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in·a·bil·i·ty

 (ĭn′ə-bĭl′ĭ-tē)
n.
Lack of ability or means.

inability

(ˌɪnəˈbɪlɪtɪ)
n
lack of ability or means; incapacity

in•a•bil•i•ty

(ˌɪn əˈbɪl ɪ ti)

n.
lack of ability.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin]

inability

  • acalculia - The inability to perform simple arithmetic.
  • impotence, sterility - Impotence is the male's inability to copulate or get an erection; sterility is the inability of either a male or female to procreate.
  • abulia, aboulia - Inability to make decisions is abulia or aboulia.
  • paramnesia - Can mean the inability to recall the meanings of common words.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inability - lack of ability (especially mental ability) to do something
cognition, knowledge, noesis - the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
mental block, block - an inability to remember or think of something you normally can do; often caused by emotional tension; "I knew his name perfectly well but I had a temporary block"
stupidity - a poor ability to understand or to profit from experience
inaptitude - a lack of aptitude
incapacity - lack of intellectual power
unskillfulness - a lack of cognitive skill
analphabetism, illiteracy - an inability to read
uncreativeness - a lack of creativity
incomprehension - an inability to understand; "his incomprehension of the consequences"
ability, power - possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done; "danger heightened his powers of discrimination"
2.inability - lacking the power to performinability - lacking the power to perform  
unadaptability - the inability to change or be changed to fit changed circumstances
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
insensitiveness, insensitivity - the inability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment
incompetence, incompetency - lack of physical or intellectual ability or qualifications
incapability, incapableness - the quality of not being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally
insufficiency - (pathology) inability of a bodily part or organ to function normally
ability - the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment

inability

inability

noun
Translations
عَجْز، عَدَم قُدْرَه
neschopnost
manglende dygtighedmanglende evne
kykenemättömyyskyvyttömyys
vangeta
negalėjimasnesugebėjimas
nespēja
nezmožnost
oförmåga
kabiliyetsizlikyetersizlik

inability

[ˌɪnəˈbɪlɪtɪ] Nincapacidad f
inability to do sthincapacidad para hacer algo
his inability to express himselfsu incapacidad para expresarse

inability

[ˌɪnəˈbɪlɪti] nincapacité f
inability to do sth → incapacité de faire qch
inability to pay → incapacité de payer
the inability of sb to do sth → l'incapacité de qn de faire qchin absentia [ˌɪnæbˈsɛntiə] advin absentia

inability

nUnfähigkeit f, → Unvermögen nt; inability to payZahlungsunfähigkeit f

inability

[ˌɪnəˈbɪlɪtɪ] n (physical, mental) → incapacità
inability to do sth → incapacità di fare qc
inability to pay → impossibilità di pagare

inability

(inəˈbiləti) noun
the lack of power, means, ability etc (to do something). I was surprised at his inability to read.

inability

n. inhabilidad, incapacidad.

inability

n incapacidad f
References in classic literature ?
The latter shook his head, and made a gesture indicative of his inability to reply.
The second of Chanticleer's two wives, ever since Phoebe's arrival, had been in a state of heavy despondency, caused, as it afterwards appeared, by her inability to lay an egg.
We were confronted across our distance quite long enough for me to ask myself with intensity who then he was and to feel, as an effect of my inability to say, a wonder that in a few instants more became intense.
The more I consider this mighty tail, the more do I deplore my inability to express it.
She then broke the lace off short, and dexterously throwing it into a ditch, was presently obliged to entreat them to stop, and acknowledged her inability to put herself to rights so as to be able to walk home in tolerable comfort.
The two characters which opened the comedy of The Rivals, "Fag" and "The Coachman," appeared on the scene -- looked many sizes too tall for their canvas background, which represented a "Street in Bath" -- exhibited the customary inability to manage their own arms, legs, and voices -- went out severally at the wrong exits -- and expressed their perfect approval of results, so far, by laughing heartily behind the scenes.
It was sad to see him struggling between his desire to represent it to me as a matter of choice on his part, and his inability to conceal that it was forced upon him.
Notwithstanding my inability to settle to anything - which I hope arose out of the restless and incomplete tenure on which I held my means - I had a taste for reading, and read regularly so many hours a day.
Was he very uneasy in the meantime at his inability to give his daughter her birthright?
At last, exasperated by her own inability to restore order, she seized the baby, which had cried incessantly throughout, and, declaring that it was doing it on purpose and should have something real to cry for, gave it an exemplary smacking, and ordered the others to bed.
This was the first of many suitors for the princess whose inability to cure her cost them their lives.
At length some of his favourites whom he most confided in, knowing his cruelty and our inability to pay what he demanded, and apprehending that, if he should put us to the death he threatened, they should soon see the fleets of Portugal in the Red Sea, laying their towns in ashes to revenge it, endeavoured to soften his passion and preserve our lives, offering to advance the sum we should agree for, without any other security than our words.