Definition of Inability

1. Noun. Lack of ability (especially mental ability) to do something.

2. Noun. Lacking the power to perform.
Exact synonyms: Unfitness
Specialized synonyms: Unadaptability, Insensitiveness, Insensitivity, Incompetence, Incompetency, Incapability, Incapableness, Insufficiency
Generic synonyms: Quality
Antonyms: Ability
Derivative terms: Unfit

Definition of Inability

1. n. The quality or state of being unable; lack of ability; want of sufficient power, strength, resources, or capacity.

Definition of Inability

1. Noun. lack of the ability to do something; incapability ¹

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Definition of Inability

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Inability

in vitro fertilisation
in vivo
in vivo fertilization
in vogue(p)
in ways
in width(p)
in with a chance
in working order(p)
in writing
in writing(p)
in your birthday suit
in your dreams
in your face
inability (current term)

Literary usage of Inability

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Law of Contracts by Samuel Williston, Clarence Martin Lewis (1920)
"Whether anticipatory inability to perform amounts to a breach. One of the first cases relied on as establishing the doctrine of anticipatory breach involved ..."

2. The Works of President Edwards by Jonathan Edwards (1844)
"First, That if by being equally unable, be meant as really unable ; then, so far as the inability is merely moral, it is true, the Witl, in every instance, ..."

3. The Works of President Edwards by Jonathan Edwards, David Brainerd (1830)
"Here it may be of use to observe this distinction of moral inability, ... By a general and habitual moral inability, I mean an inability in the heart to all ..."

4. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of King's Bench: With by Great Britain Court of King's Bench, George Mifflin Wharton (1845)
"Then it is said, that inability, here means some defect in the skip itself, like a want of sea-worthiness : but a deficiency of the crew is in jts effect ..."

5. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by Philadelphia Neurological Society, American Neurological Association, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association (1906)
"Sample of writing of EJ \V., showing inability to control myoclonic movements. Some borborygmus. No hippus. March 29, 1907—Marked myoclonic movements to-day ..."

6. Southern History of the War by Edward Alfred Pollard (1865)
"His Alleged inability to Avert it.—Critical Condition of the Confederate Armies in Numbers.— Secret Correspondence of Richmond Officials. ..."

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