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Meaning & Definition of Unable in English

English

Unable

/ənebəl/

adjective

1. (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"
    synonym:
  • unable

2. (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"
    synonym:
  • unable(p)

3. Lacking in power or forcefulness

  • "An ineffectual ruler"
  • "Like an unable phoenix in hot ashes"
    synonym:
  • ineffective
  • ,
  • ineffectual
  • ,
  • unable

Examples of using

Tom was unable to control his anger.
We tried store after store, but were unable to find what we wanted.
I was unable to stand any longer.