noun in·abil·i·ty \ˌi-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē\

: the condition of not being able to do something : lack of ability

Full Definition of INABILITY

:  lack of sufficient power, resources, or capacity <his inability to do mathematics>

Examples of INABILITY

  1. She has shown an inability to concentrate.
  2. the inability of the government to cope with the problem


Middle English inhabilite disqualification, from Medieval Latin inhabilitas, from Latin in- + habilitas ability
First Known Use: 15th century


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