inability

noun in·abil·i·ty \ ˌi-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē \

Definition of inability

:lack of sufficient power, resources, or capacity
  • his inability to do math

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

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Origin and Etymology of inability

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


INABILITY Defined for English Language Learners

inability

noun

Definition of inability for English Language Learners

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


INABILITY Defined for Kids

inability

noun in·abil·i·ty \ ˌi-nə-ˈbi-lə-tē \

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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