Un ablest


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

1350–1400; Middle English; see un-1, able

See incapable.
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unable (ʌnˈeɪbəl)
adj (foll by to)
1.  lacking the necessary power, ability, or authority (to do something); not able
2.  archaic incompetent

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Word Origin & History

c.1380, from un- (1) "not" + able. Modeled on O.Fr. inhabile or L. inhabilis.
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