HyperDic: unable

English > 3 senses of the word unable:
ADJECTIVEallunable(usually followed by 'to') not having the necessary means or skill or know-how
allunable(usually followed by 'to') lacking necessary physical or mental ability
allunable, ineffective, ineffectuallacking in power or forcefulness
unable > pronunciation
Soundsahney'bahl
Rhymesabdominal ... zoological: 2115 rhymes with ahl...
English > unable: 3 senses > adjective 1
Meaning(usually followed by 'to') not having the necessary means or skill or know-how.
Examples
  • "unable to get to town without a car"
  • "unable to obtain funds"
Attribute ofabilityThe quality of being able to perform
Oppositeable(usually followed by 'to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something
Spanishincapaz
Catalanimpossibilitat, incapaç
English > unable: 3 senses > adjective 2
Meaning(usually followed by 'to') lacking necessary physical or mental ability.
Examples
  • "dyslexics are unable to learn to read adequately"
  • "the sun was unable to melt enough snow"
Broaderincapable(followed by 'of') lacking capacity or ability
English > unable: 3 senses > adjective 3
Meaninglacking in power or forcefulness.
Example "like an unable phoenix in hot ashes"
Synonymsineffective, ineffectual
Broaderimpotentlacking power or ability
Spanishimpotente, incapaz, ineficaz
Catalanimpotent, incapaç, ineficaç

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