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Unable appears in the following tongue twister:

  • I know a boy named Tate
    who dined with his girl at eight eight.
    I'm unable to state what Tate ate at eight eight
    or what Tate's tête à tête ate at eight eight.

Unable is sometimes a misspelling of enable.

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Definition of the adjective unable

What does unable mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

  1. (usually followed by `to') not having the necessary means or skill or know-how
    • examples: unable to get to town without a car | unable to obtain funds
    • antonym: able
    • attribute: ability = the quality of being able to perform
  2. (usually followed by `to') lacking necessary physical or mental ability
    • examples: dyslexics are unable to learn to read adequately | the sun was unable to melt enough snow
    • adjective position: predicative adjective (it occurs after a verb that follows the noun)
    • similar: incapable
  3. lacking in power or forcefulness

Alternative definition of the adjective unable


  1. Not able; lacking a certain ability.


  1. "Unable" is a musical album of Cane.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  2. "Unable" is a composition.

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Google previewMongolian-English Dictionary (2013)

by Ferdinand D Lessing

To have no strength or power; to exhaust; to be in need; to suffer; to be unable. ——n zobaxu. To suffer. ——xu du. At least. ——xu ygei. Not being unable; ——zu jabuxu. To suffer, be tormented. ary-a ——xu. To have exhausted all means; ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of United States-Middle East Relations (2007)

by Peter L. Hahn

But the British proved unable to govern effectively given the mounting tension and outbursts of violence between Jews and Arabs and the determination of both groups to challenge British influence. The modern Arab—Israeli conflict erupted ...

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Quotes about Unable

Unable to do
he became able to do,
unable to do again,
able to do again
and unable to do again.
He was unpotentialized,
and reexpotentialized.
Someone said it was the honey. (Douglas Scotney)
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Scrabble value of U1N1A1B3L1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of UNABLE

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