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Meaning of "unable" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF UNABLE

unable  [ʌnˈeɪbəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF UNABLE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Unable is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES UNABLE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Able

Able may refer to: In science and technology: ▪ Able, a U.S. 1946 nuclear weapon test, part of Operation Crossroads ▪ ABLE, a simplified programming language ▪ Able space probes, probes in the Pioneer program ▪ Able, one of the first two monkeys in space to return to Earth alive Vehicles: ▪ USNS Able, a U.S. Navy oceanographic survey ship ▪ Able, an American car ▪ Able, a small French cyclecar Companies and organizations: ▪ Able Labs, a developer and manufacturer of generic pharmaceutical products ▪ Association for Better Living and Education, a non-profit Church of Scientology organization ▪ Able UK, British ship breaking and recycling company ▪ Aragón de Cable, Spanish telecommunications company ▪ ABLE India, consortium of Indian biotechnology companies ▪ ABLE or Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission In other fields: ▪ Able ▪ Able Crown, a fictional character from DC Comics ▪ The first letter of the "Able-Baker" spelling alphabet ▪ Hurricane Able, three hurricanes in the early 1950s...

Definition of unable in the English dictionary

The definition of unable in the dictionary is foll by to lacking the necessary power, ability, or authority ; not able. Other definition of unable is incompetent.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH UNABLE


Abel
ˈeɪbəl
able
ˈeɪbəl
Babel
ˈbeɪbəl
cable
ˈkeɪbəl
disable
dɪsˈeɪbəl
enable
ɪnˈeɪbəl
fable
ˈfeɪbəl
gable
ˈɡeɪbəl
label
ˈleɪbəl
monostable
ˌmɒnəʊˈsteɪbəl
over-able
ˌəʊvərˈeɪbəl
round-table
ˌraʊndˈteɪbəl
sable
ˈseɪbəl
stable
ˈsteɪbəl
table
ˈteɪbəl
thermostable
ˌθɜːməʊˈsteɪbəl
timetable
ˈtaɪmˌteɪbəl
turntable
ˈtɜːnˌteɪbəl
under-the-table
ˈʌndəðəˈteɪbəl
unstable
ʌnˈsteɪbəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE UNABLE

una corda
unabashed
unabashedly
unabated
unabatedly
unabating
unabbreviated
unabetted
unabiding
unabjured
unabolished
unaborted
unabraded
unabridged
unabrogated
unabsolved
unabsorbed
unabsorbent
unabused
unabusive

WORDS THAT END LIKE UNABLE

abominable
actionable
affordable
amenable
assignable
attainable
fashionable
fissionable
imaginable
interminable
objectionable
obtainable
personable
questionable
reasonable
returnable
sustainable
tunable
unimaginable
unreasonable
unsustainable

Synonyms and antonyms of unable in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «UNABLE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «unable» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of unable

Translation of «unable» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF UNABLE

Find out the translation of unable to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of unable from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «unable» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

不能的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

incapaz de
570 millions of speakers

English

unable
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

असमर्थ
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

عَاجِز عَنْ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

неспособный
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

incapaz de
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

অক্ষম
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

incapable de
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Tidak dapat
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

außerstande
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

・・・できない
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

...할 수 없는
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Ora bisa
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

không thể
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

முடியவில்லை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

अक्षम
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

aciz
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

incapace
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

niezdolny do
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

нездатний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

incapabil
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μη δυνάμενος να
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

nie
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

inte kunna
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ute av stand til
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of unable

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «UNABLE»

The term «unable» is very widely used and occupies the 2.739 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «UNABLE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «unable» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «unable» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about unable

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10 QUOTES WITH «UNABLE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word unable.
1
Hank Aaron
I never thought we'd ever have a black president. President Obama has done such a tremendous job... He just has been unable to get what he needs to be moved at the level it should be moved.
2
Saint Basil
Do not despise the fish because they are absolutely unable to speak or to reason, but fear lest you may be even more unreasonable than they by resisting the command of the Creator. Listen to the fish, who through their actions all but utter this word: 'We set out on this long journey for the perpetuation of our species.'
3
Ulrich Beck
This experience actually means the very opposite: the largest military power was unable to stop such a sensitive attack and will be unable to rule out such a possibility in the future. Precisely this is the background to the United States' military interventions.
4
Brendan Behan
Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves.
5
Robert Bourassa
A diplomat had been kidnapped, a cabinet minister had been kidnapped, they were under threats of murder. The police forces were rather tired. After a whole week, we were unable to find those that had effected the kidnappings.
6
Betty Buckley
I have never experienced racism in the feminist movement, so it concerned me to think that I was unable to see the subject clearly because I came from white, middle-class privilege.
7
Robert Capa
It's not always easy to stand aside and be unable to do anything except record the sufferings around one.
8
Adelbert von Chamisso
This man, although he appeared so humble and embarrassed in his air and manners, and passed so unheeded, had inspired me with such a feeling of horror by the unearthly paleness of his countenance, from which I could not avert my eyes, that I was unable longer to endure it.
9
Chris Chocola
If we do not act now to strengthen Social Security, the system that so many depend upon today will be unable to meet its promises to tomorrow's retirees, and it will burden our children and grandchildren with exhaustive taxes.
10
Camille Claudel
I don't want to say anything because I know I am unable to protect you from the harm that I see.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «UNABLE»

Discover the use of unable in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to unable and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Willing and Unable: Doctors' Constraints in Abortion Care
" Drawing from forty in-depth interviews, the book presents a challenge to a commonly held assumption that physicians decide whether or not to provide abortion based on personal ideology.
Lori Freedman, 2010
2
Unable by Reason of Death: 2
The Justice Barry College of Technology is in chaos following the death of neurochemist Richard Johnston, and as psychology lecturer Lisa Thomas probes the mystery surrounding his death, she is forced to choose between her career and ...
Catherine Lewis, Judith Guerin, 1989
3
Civil penalties agencies unable to fully adjust penalties ...
CIVIL. PENALTIES. Agencies. Unable. to. Fully. Adjust. Penalties. for. Inflation. Under. Current. Law. Civil penalties are an important element of regulatory enforcement, allowing agencies to punish violators appropriately and to serve as a ...
4
Troubleshooting Microsoft Technologies: The Ultimate ...
Once the DNS issue has been resolved, you should see this problem disappear. Unable to Log On Locally A common problem that users sometimes run into with domain controllers is that when attempting to log on, they are refused and ...
Chris Wolf, 2003
5
Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment
Unable to log you on because your account has been locked out, please contact your administrator, Figure 4.16 Viewing the Logon Message box for a user attempting to log onto the domain with a locked-out account. Troubleshooting User ...
Dan Balter, Ed Tittel, 2003
6
Readicide: How Schools are Killing Reading and what You Can ...
... key information unable to make meaning Monitor comprehension while reading Do not monitor comprehension while reading Stop and use “fix-up” strategies Are unaware of “fix-up” strategies Visualize while reading Are unable to visualize ...
Kelly Gallagher, 2009
7
Protecting Civilians in Refugee Camps: Unable and Unwilling ...
In Protecting Civilians in Refugee Camps: Unable and Unwilling States, UNHCR and Issues of Responsibility, Maja Janmyr explores the allocation of international responsibility for human rights violations taking place in UNHCR-administered ...
Maja Janmyr, 2013
8
Handbook of Home Health Care Administration
2 Unable to transfer self but is able to bear weight and pivot during the transfer process. ❑ ❑ 3 Unable to transfer self and is unable to bear weight or pivot when transferred by another person. ❑ ❑ 4 Bedfast, unable to transfer but is able to turn  ...
‎2010
9
The International Criminal Court and National Courts: A ...
'Inability to obtain the accused or the necessary evidence and testimony or otherwise ' In order for the ICC to consider the national judicial system 'unable' it should, firstly, be unavailable or suffering a total or substantial collapse, and secondly, ...
Nidal Jurdi, 2013
10
Improving the Quality of Life: A Holistic Scientific Strategy
Unable to Perform Major Activity • 64 years of age and younger-Unable to perform major activity, or • 65 years and older-Major activity is considered to be ADL and IADL activities; therefore these people cannot fall in this category.
Myles I. Friedman, 1997

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «UNABLE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term unable is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Feds: Superintendent unable to meet many visa criteria
The Canadian administrator Burlington school commissioners chose to be the next superintendent failed to meet many criteria for a visa, according to federal ... «BurlingtonFreePress.com, Jul 15»
2
Unable to tie shoes, a 16-year-old with cerebral palsy wrote to Nike …
However, I and many other physically challenged people are unable to wear them due to a lack of support. When I think of Nike, I think of one of America's most ... «Upworthy, Jul 15»
3
Only in America: Mississippi police unable to arrest man terrorizing …
Frustrated police in Gulfport, Mississippi, were unable to arrest a man menacing shoppers with a loaded shotgun in a local Walmart because of the state's ... «The Week Magazine, Jun 15»
4
French teens unable to 'cope with' baccalaureate English question
A total of 684,734 students across France will be sitting their written baccalaureate exams across France. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images. «The Guardian, Jun 15»
5
Computer Failure Leaves State Dept. Unable to Issue Visas
The United States has been unable to issue visas to travelers around the world for two weeks because of a computer hardware failure that remains unresolved, ... «New York Times, Jun 15»
6
US Unable to Issue Passports, Visas Overseas
WASHINGTON—The State Department said Friday it is investigating the cause of a technical glitch that has hindered the department's ability to issue passports ... «Wall Street Journal, Jun 15»
7
Unable to Eat, Woman Hopes To Inspire Others
A young woman with a medical condition that prevents her from eating is hoping her story will inspire others. Her entire life, 23-year-old Kristen Fox has lived ... «KAALtv.com, Jun 15»
8
MEPs regret that multinationals are “unable” to meet the Tax Rulings …
MEPs regret that multinationals – the usual beneficiaries of tax rulings – seem unable to find time to discuss their tax practices in public before the European ... «European Parliament, Jun 15»
9
Third of Londoners unable to afford basics
A third of people living in London do not have sufficient income to pay for a decent standard of living because housing, transport and childcare costs are so much ... «Financial Times, May 15»
10
Election glitches leave some unable to vote
Bournemouth council apologised after 100 people were unable to cast their vote ... Tom Riddington 27, a junior doctor at Poole hospital, said he was unable to ... «The Guardian, May 15»

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