unable


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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 ?
I know even now that you will take something from the woman and be unable to save me.
Suddenly a feeling of fatigue came over him, and unable to resist it, he lay down for a little while, fully determined, however, to keep awake; but in another minute his eyes closed of their own accord, and he fell into such a deep sleep, that all the noises in the world would not have awakened him.
When a general, unable to estimate the enemy's strength, allows an inferior force to engage a larger one, or hurls a weak detachment against a powerful one, and neglects to place picked soldiers in the front rank, the result must be rout.
If, however, you are indulgent, but unable to make your authority felt; kind-hearted, but unable to enforce your commands; and incapable, moreover, of quelling disorder: then your soldiers must be likened to spoilt children; they are useless for any practical purpose.
Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room and continued a long time traversing my bed-chamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep.
The lovers now stood both silent and trembling, Sophia being unable to withdraw her hand from Jones, and he almost as unable to hold it; when the scene, which I believe some of my readers will think had lasted long enough, was interrupted by one of so different a nature, that we shall reserve the relation of it for a different chapter.
I must own that I could not give a negative answer to this question, without first obliterating every impression which I have received with regard to the present genius of the people of America, the spirit which actuates the State legislatures, and the principles which are incorporated with the political character of every class of citizens I am unable to conceive that the people of America, in their present temper, or under any circumstances which can speedily happen, will choose, and every second year repeat the choice of, sixty-five or a hundred men who would be disposed to form and pursue a scheme of tyranny or treachery.
I was now thoroughly awake, but as unable to move a muscle as though turned to stone.
The column moved forward without knowing where and unable, from the masses around them, the smoke and the increasing fog, to see either the place they were leaving or that to which they were going.
I objected strongly to this proposition, plausible as it was, as the difficulties of the route would be almost insurmountable, unacquainted as we were with the general bearings of the country, and I reminded my companion of the hardships which we had already encountered in our uncertain wanderings; in a word, I said that since we had deemed it advisable to enter the valley, we ought manfully to face the consequences, whatever they might be; the more especially as I was convinced there was no alternative left us but to fall in with the natives at once, and boldly risk the reception they might give us; and that as to myself, I felt the necessity of rest and shelter, and that until I had obtained them, I should be wholly unable to encounter such sufferings as we had lately passed through.
Unwilling to lose his filberts, and yet unable to withdraw his hand, he burst into tears and bitterly lamented his disappointment.
AN Ox, unable to extricate himself from the mire into which he sank, was advised to make use of a Political Pull.