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
Recent Examples of inability from the Web
The presence of black soldiers on the field of battle shattered every myth the South’s slave empire was built on: The happy docility of slaves, their intellectual inferiority, their cowardice, their inability to compete with whites.
Their frustration reflects a major factor slowing a still-sluggish U.S. economy: The inability of many to tap their home equity.
His inability to stay available frustrated coach Mike Tomlin.
Naperville businesses are not immune from the state's inability to pay.
Whether Dean Spanos’ inability to find a development partner willing to agree to his terms or Mike Aguirre’s opposition or the city politicians’ indecision were most to blame, that proposal has long been considered the one that got away.
Labour’s rating is up from a low of 13 percent in February and was unaffected by Corbyn’s inability to remember the cost of his 5.3-billion-pound ($6.8 billion) flagship childcare policy in a radio interview, according to the poll.
By comparison, Type 1 diabetes is a natural inability to produce insulin.
Ronnie is a pudgy nerd, with tech-geek skills and a brain-melting crush on C. J. Summer is there for Matt to ogle and flirt with, and to attest to the screenwriters’ utter inability to make a woman in a bathing suit an interesting character.
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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
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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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