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unable

[ uhn-ey-buhl ]
/ ʌnˈeɪ bəl /
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adjective

lacking the necessary power, competence, etc., to accomplish some specified act: He was unable to swim.

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Origin of unable

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at un-1, able

synonym study for unable

See incapable.
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British Dictionary definitions for unable

unable
/ (ʌnˈeɪbəl) /

adjective

(postpositive foll by to) lacking the necessary power, ability, or authority (to do something); not able
archaic incompetent
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