Origin of inabilityMiddle English inabilite: see in- and ability
The definition of inability is the state of having no power or a lack of ability.
An example of inability is not understanding how to operate a computer.
Lack of ability or means.
From Middle French inhabilité, from Medieval Latin inhabilitas
- Maybe his inability to talk makes you feel unsure.
- Alliances with various land powers, and an inability to understand the true relations which alone could unite the league, combined to alienate the allies, who could discover no reason for the expenditure of their contributions on protecting Sparta or Corinth against Thebes.
- I made no effort to teach her to speak, because I regarded her inability to watch the lips of others as an insurmountable obstacle.
- If he was self-conscious about his inability to talk, he gave no indication.
- In the slighter forms no inconvenience may result; but in higher degrees prolonged work is apt to give rise to aching and watering of the eyes, headache, inability to read or sew for any length of time, and even to double vision and internal strabismus.