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Definition 1: (usually followed by `to') not having the necessary means or skill or know-how - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where unable or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • unable to get to town without a car
  • unable to obtain funds

(... are attributes of unable) the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment

Definition 2: lacking in power or forcefulness - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where unable or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an ineffectual ruler
  • like an unable phoenix in hot ashes

Synonyms for unable in the sense of this definition

(unable is similar to ...) lacking power or ability

"Technology without morality is barbarous; morality without technology is impotent" "felt impotent rage"

Definition 3: (usually followed by `to') lacking necessary physical or mental ability - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where unable or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • dyslexics are unable to learn to read adequately
  • the sun was unable to melt enough snow

(unable is similar to ...) (followed by `of') lacking capacity or ability

"incapable of carrying a tune" "he is incapable of understanding the matter" "incapable of doing the work"

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