• (adj): (usually followed by 'to') not having the necessary means or skill or know-how.
    Example: "Unable to get to town without a car"; "unable to obtain funds"
    Synonyms: not able
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on unable:

John Kewish - Trials
... After 14 hours of deliberation the jury was unable to reach a verdict ... the jury foreman became ill and deliberations were unable to continue ... statement that Kewish's mind was unable to comprehend the moral “turpitude” of such a criminal act ...
The Modified Rankin Scale (mRS)
... Able to look after own affairs without assistance, but unable to carry out all previous activities ... Unable to attend to own bodily needs without assistance, and unable to walk unassisted ...
Scott Ferrozzo - UFC Career
... meant that if a fighter on the main card was unable to continue to the next round, Ferrozzo would be used as a substitute ... However, Ferrozzo was unable to continue after defeating Abbott due to fatigue as well as a cut sustained in his previous bout ... the match was contested with Tank mounting and back mounting Ferrozzo, but unable to do major damage ...
Brooks Act - Method
... If the State and firm are unable to agree on a fair and equitable price for their services, the State would then cease talks with that firm and move to the ... If the State would be unable to agree with that firm, they would move to the third in a similar fashion ... If the State is unable to agree on a price with that firm, they would be required to open up their selection criteria to more firms ...
... literally without honour or value, was likewise disenfranchised and disempowered, making him unable to carry out the political functions of a citizen ... which could be significant for poor people unable to work ... state was unpaid after a certain time, for instance if someone was unable to pay a fine ...

More definitions of "unable":

  • (adj): (usually followed by 'to') lacking necessary physical or mental ability.
    Example: "Dyslexics are unable to learn to read adequately"; "the sun was unable to melt enough snow"
  • (adj): Lacking in power or forcefulness.
    Example: "Like an unable phoenix in hot ashes"
    Synonyms: ineffective, ineffectual

Famous quotes containing the word unable:

    turns in on itself
    biting its tongue, unable to cry out
    or give it a name.
    Denise Levertov (b. 1923)

    All I can tell you with certainty is that I, for one, have no self, and that I am unwilling or unable to perpetrate upon myself the joke of a self.... What I have instead is a variety of impersonations I can do, and not only of myself—a troupe of players that I have internalised, a permanent company of actors that I can call upon when a self is required.... I am a theater and nothing more than a theater.
    Philip Roth (b. 1933)

    The duty of the State toward the citizen is the duty of the servant to its master.... One of the duties of the State is that of caring for those of its citizens who find themselves the victims of such adverse circumstances as makes them unable to obtain even the necessities for mere existence without the aid of others.... To these unfortunate citizens aid must be extended by government—not as a matter of charity but as a matter of social duty.
    Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945)