unable Definition

not able to do something; lacking the necessary power, skill, or means.

Using unable: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "unable" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I'm unable to attend the meeting tomorrow.

  • Example

    She was unable to lift the heavy box.

  • Example

    The company is unable to pay its debts.

  • Example

    He is unable to walk without assistance.

unable Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for unable

Phrases with unable

  • not able to control one's own behavior or actions


    He was so addicted to gambling that he was unable to help himself.

  • not having enough money to cover expenses


    After losing his job, he was unable to make ends meet and had to sell his car.

  • unable to resist

    not able to refuse or avoid something


    She was unable to resist the temptation to eat the whole cake.


Summary: unable in Brief

'Unable' [ʌnˈeɪbl] is an adjective that describes a lack of ability or means to do something. It is often used in formal contexts, such as 'The company is unable to pay its debts,' but can also be used informally, such as 'I'm no good at math.' Common phrases include 'unable to help oneself,' 'unable to make ends meet,' and 'unable to resist.'

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