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un·a·ble

 (ŭn-ā′bəl)
adj.
1. Lacking the necessary power, authority, or means; not able; incapable: unable to get to town without a car.
2. Lacking mental or physical capability or efficiency; incompetent: unable to walk.
3. Usage Problem Not susceptible to action or treatment: a project unable to be financed with government funds. See Usage Note at able.

unable

(ʌnˈeɪbəl)
adj
1. (foll by: to) lacking the necessary power, ability, or authority (to do something); not able
2. archaic incompetent

un•a•ble

(ʌnˈeɪ bəl)

adj.
lacking the necessary power, competence, etc., to accomplish some specified act: unable to swim.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unable - (usually followed by `to') not having the necessary means or skill or know-howunable - (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"
able - (usually followed by `to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something; "able to swim"; "she was able to program her computer"; "we were at last able to buy a car"; "able to get a grant for the project"
2.unable - (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"
incapable - (followed by `of') lacking capacity or ability; "incapable of carrying a tune"; "he is incapable of understanding the matter"; "incapable of doing the work"
3.unable - lacking in power or forcefulness; "an ineffectual ruler"; "like an unable phoenix in hot ashes"
impotent - lacking power or ability; "Technology without morality is barbarous; morality without technology is impotent"- Freeman J.Dyson; "felt impotent rage"

unable

unable

adjective
Totally incapable of doing a job:
Translations
عَاجِز عَنْغَيْر قادِر
neschopný
ude af stand til
kykenemätön
nesposoban
vanmáttugur; ófær, sem getur ekki
・・・できない
...할 수 없는
nepajėgiantis
nespējīgsnevarēt atnākt uz tikšanos
nezmožen
inte kunna
ไม่สามารถที่จะ
gücü yetmeyenimkânı olmayanyapamamak
không thể

unable

[ˈʌnˈeɪbl] ADJ to be unable to do sth (gen) → no poder hacer algo; (= be incapable of) → ser incapaz de hacer algo; (= be prevented from) → verse imposibilitado de hacer algo
unfortunately, he was unable to comedesafortunadamente, no ha podido venir
I am unable to see whyno veo por qué ..., no comprendo por qué ...
those unable to golos que no pueden ir

unable

[ʌnˈeɪbəl] adj
to be unable to do sth (= not able) (gen)ne pas pouvoir faire qch
I was unable to come → Je n'ai pas pu venir.
She was unable to find work → Elle n'a pas pu trouver de travail.
to be unable to do sth (because of situation, circumstances)être dans l'impossibilité de faire qch
The Red Cross was unable to reach them → La Croix Rouge était dans l'impossibilité de les contacter.
I was unable to accept the invitation → J'étais dans l'impossibilité d'accepter l'invitation.
(= incapable) → incapable
unable to do sth → incapable de faire qch
She seems unable to take decisions → Elle semble incapable de prendre des décisions.
He was unable to sleep at night because of his anxiety → Il était incapable de trouver le sommeil à cause de son anxiété.

unable

adj pred to be unable to do somethingetw nicht tun können, außerstande or außer Stande sein, etw zu tun; we’re still unable to cure cancerwir sind immer noch außerstande or außer Stande or immer noch nicht in der Lage, Krebs zu heilen

unable

[ʌnˈeɪbl] adj to be unable to do sth (not to know how to) → non saper fare qc, non essere capace di fare qc; (not to have it in one's power to) → non poter fare qc, essere nell'impossibilità di fare qc

unable

(anˈeibl) adjective
without enough strength, power, skill, opportunity, information etc to be able (to do something). I am unable to get out of bed; I shall be unable to meet you for lunch today.

unable

عَاجِز عَنْ neschopný ude af stand til außerstande μη δυνάμενος να incapaz de kykenemätön incapable de nesposoban incapace ・・・できない ...할 수 없는 niet in staat ute av stand til niezdolny do incapaz de неспособный inte kunna ไม่สามารถที่จะ yapamamak không thể 不能的

unable

a. incapaz, inhábil.

unable

adj incapaz
References in classic literature ?
not the first founded on paper), and was already deep in the concoction of her story, being unable to decide whether the duel should come before the elopement or after the murder.
He seemed intent upon convincing the boy of the advisability of adopt- ing a line of conduct that he was himself unable to define.
Shimerda: he was unable to meet a note which fell due on the first of November; had to pay an exorbitant bonus on renewing it, and to give a mortgage on his pigs and horses and even his milk cow.
Pontellier, unable to read his newspaper with any degree of comfort, arose with an expression and an exclamation of disgust.
Perhaps the rapidity of the changes from one of these paces to the other created an optical illusion, which might thus magnify the powers of the beast; for it is certain that Heyward, who possessed a true eye for the merits of a horse, was unable, with his utmost ingenuity, to decide by what sort of movement his pursuer worked his sinuous way on his footsteps with such persevering hardihood.
They carried this expedition so secretly, that the unwary inhabitants did not discover them, until they fired upon the forts; and, not being prepared to oppose them, were obliged to surrender themselves miserable captives to barbarous savages, who immediately after tomahawked one man and two women, and loaded all the others with heavy baggage, forcing them along toward their towns, able or unable to march.
It seemed to them that the five millionaires of Devil's Ford, in their radical simplicity and thoroughness, were perhaps nearer the type of true gentlemanhood than these citizens who imitated a civilization they were unable yet to reach.
The final pause at the threshold proved so long, that Hepzibah, unable to endure the suspense, rushed forward, threw open the door, and led in the stranger by the hand.
Unable to accomplish this, he nevertheless, as a matter of principle, continued his habits of social familiarity with the old man, and thus gave him constant opportunities for perfecting the purpose to which -- poor forlorn creature that he was, and more wretched than his victim -- the avenger had devoted himself.
I am unable even to remember at this day what proposal I framed for the end of his holidays and the resumption of his studies.
Then, tumbled out of the cars without ceremony, they were no better off than before; they stood staring down the vista of Dearborn Street, with its big black buildings towering in the distance, unable to realize that they had arrived, and why, when they said "Chicago," people no longer pointed in some direction, but instead looked perplexed, or laughed, or went on without paying any attention.
Notwithstanding his special acuteness and ability, he is unable to take a fact out of its merely political relations, and behold it as it lies absolutely to be disposed of by the intellect--what, for instance, it behooves a man to do here in American today with regard to slavery--but ventures, or is driven, to make some such desperate answer to the following, while professing to speak absolutely, and as a private man--from which what new and singular of social duties might be inferred?