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Lacking in skill, knowledge or power.

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Usage examples (38)
  • When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.
  • Dyslexics are unable to learn to read adequately
  • unable to get to town without a car
  • General > International (whatever these might be in German -- unable to help there).
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  • The weather will "enable" (to make possible) the football game to start, but the home team is "unable" (not able, lacking the ability) to win without their star player.
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