lack of ability; lack of power, capacity, or means: his inability to make decisions.
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How to use inability in a sentence
Besides the emotional toll resulting from a sense of loneliness and a general feeling of being misunderstood, there are practical concerns such as the inability to lip-read through masks.Online classes are difficult for the hard of hearing. Here’s how to fix that. | Eli Reiter | February 9, 2021 | Popular-Science
The teams struggled to overcome labor-intensive manual processing and an inability to quickly deliver content through their app and print channels.
Symptoms of the more extreme versions include sadness, anxiety, extreme fatigue and an inability to concentrate, among others.
Abloh has often been criticized for his inability to connect with us.Virgil Abloh Brings Louis Vuitton Home With Fall Menswear | Nandi Howard | January 22, 2021 | Essence.com
State health officials say the unpredictable shipments have led to chaos on the ground, including the inability to quickly use up all of the doses sent to them.How Operation Warp Speed Created Vaccination Chaos | by Caroline Chen, Isaac Arnsdorf and Ryan Gabrielson | January 19, 2021 | ProPublica
But the inability to measure progress in the ISIS campaign is widespread.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War | Nancy A. Youssef | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The inability to do anything besides binge-watch entire seasons on Netflix.
I recognize my inability to truly understand these events in the same context or view these events through exactly the same prism.
The scriptural Moses is defined by his frailties, his inability to act.
The second is strangled tongue disease, the English inability to express real feelings in conversation.
To talk of an excess of labor, or an inability to employ it, in such a country as Ireland, is to insult the general understanding.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
Mere hastiness or slovenliness of work is not identical with the effect of inability to achieve mechanical neatness.Antonio Stradivari | Horace William Petherick
And the truth of the depravity of man and his inability to restore himself to God's favour ought to be maintained.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
Walter Fetherston was ever regretting his inability to put any of the confidential information he acquired into his books.The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
The impatience of restraint you speak of and her very inability to brook opposition can be turned to good account now.The Fifth String | John Philip Sousa
British Dictionary definitions for inability
lack of ability or means; incapacity
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