Definition of inability noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌɪnəˈbɪləti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnəˈbɪləti//
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[uncountable, singular] inability (to do something) the fact of not being able to do something the government’s inability to provide basic services Some families go without medical treatment because of their inability to pay. opposite abilityWord Familyable adjective (unable)ably adverbability noun (inability)disabled adjectivedisability nounExtra examples He has to overcome his inability to assert himself. Her outbursts reflected her inability to cope with the loss of her brother. His experiences as a child explain his inability to sustain relationships. She felt increasingly frustrated by her inability to demonstrate her ideas. She has an inability to control her rage. the government’s chronic inability to face facts
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