inability

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noun in·abil·i·ty \ˌi-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē\

Definition of inability

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

Examples of inability in a sentence

  1. She has shown an inability to concentrate.

  2. the inability of the government to cope with the problem

Origin and Etymology of inability

Middle English inhabilite disqualification, from Medieval Latin inhabilitas, from Latin in- + habilitas ability


First Known Use: 15th century


INABILITY Defined for English Language Learners

inability

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noun in·abil·i·ty \ˌi-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē\

Definition of inability for English Language Learners

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


INABILITY Defined for Kids

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noun in·abil·i·ty \ˌi-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē\

Definition of inability for Students

  1. :  the condition of being unable to do something :  lack of ability <He laughed at my inability to sing.>



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