Definition of inability
: lack of sufficient power, resources, or capacity <his inability to do math>
Examples of inability in a sentence
She has shown an inability to concentrate.
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
Definition of inability for English Language Learners
: the condition of not being able to do something : lack of ability
INABILITY Defined for Kids
Definition of inability for Students
: the condition of being unable to do something : lack of ability <He laughed at my inability to sing.>
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