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 ?
Regretting my inability to afford you any assistance, I remain, your obedient servant,
The Fox on her return, discovered what had happened, but was less grieved for the death of her young than for her inability to avenge them.
Was he very uneasy in the meantime at his inability to give his daughter her birthright?
Hayward, after saying for a month that he was going South next day and delaying from week to week out of inability to make up his mind to the bother of packing and the tedium of a journey, had at last been driven off just before Christmas by the preparations for that festival.
Levin would have been glad indeed to be converted, but could not make out what the point was, and retreating a few steps from the speakers, he explained to Stepan Arkadyevitch his inability to understand why the marshal of the province should be asked to stand.