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Meaning of INABILITY

Pronunciation:  `inu'bilitee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  lacking the power to perform
  2. [n]  lack of ability (especially mental ability) to do something

INABILITY is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: unfitness
 Antonyms: ability, ability, power
 See Also: block, cognition, illiteracy, inaptitude, incapability, incapableness, incapacity, incompetence, incompetency, incomprehension, insensitiveness, insensitivity, insufficiency, knowledge, mental block, noesis, quality, stupidity, unadaptability, uncreativeness, unskillfulness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In`a*bil"i*ty\, n. [Pref. in- not + ability: cf. F.
inhabilet['e]. See {Able}, and cf. {Unable}.]
The quality or state of being unable; lack of ability; want
of sufficient power, strength, resources, or capacity.

      It is not from an inability to discover what they ought
      to do, that men err in practice.         --Blair.

Syn: Impotence; incapacity; incompetence; weakness;
     powerlessness; incapability. See {Disability}.

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