inability

[ in-uh-bil-i-tee ]
/ ˌɪn əˈbɪl ɪ ti /

noun

lack of ability; lack of power, capacity, or means: his inability to make decisions.

Nearby words

  1. in-world,
  2. in-your-face,
  3. in.,
  4. in. hg,
  5. ina,
  6. inable,
  7. inaccessible,
  8. inaccuracy,
  9. inaccurate,
  10. inaction

Origin of inability

1400–50; late Middle English inabilite < Medieval Latin inhabilitās. See in-3, ability

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British Dictionary definitions for inability

inability

/ (ˌɪnəˈbɪlɪtɪ) /

noun

lack of ability or means; incapacity
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Word Origin and History for inability

inability

n.

mid-15c., inhabilite, "disqualification for office," from in- (1) + ability. Earlier was unability "incapability; incompetence" (late 14c.). General sense by c.1500.

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