inability inability  /ˌɪ nə ˈbɪ lɪ ti/


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



  1. He was grieving for mankind, for man's inability to connect with his fellow man, maybe for the need to dream.
  2. That's especially true when the source of their hunger is not the absence of food supplies but their inability to afford to buy the available food supplies.
  3. The inability to describe his priorities, the inability to speak directly to voters in ways they could easily comprehend, plagued Obama through much of the primary season.


  1. Fact Or Fiction: Hedge Funds To Offer New Perks

    Hedge Funds Turn to Gimmicky Promotions to Keep Investors as Their Inability to Ever Beat Any Benchmark Becomes Apparent   NEWYORK – With June turning out to be an ugly month across most financial markets, Hedge Funds are once again losing money. The losses come on top of the industry’s already weakening reputation thanks to back to back years of underperforming major benchmarks. To try to keep ...
    on June 30, 2013     Source: Zero Hedge

  2. Hey, It's 15 Years (And A Day) Since Mick Foley Got Thrown Off A Cage

    In keeping with our inability to notice anniversaries until it's too late , we'd like to point out that it was 15 years ago last night that Mankind and the Undertaker faced off in one of the most memorable and brutal wrestling matches of all time. Fifteen years is a long time. For those around the right age, the card for the June 28, 1998 King of the Ring PPV will make you feel old: the ...
    on June 29, 2013     Source: Deadspin

  3. Get to know each other, then pass a dang budget

    I’m frustrated and disappointed in the inability of our state representatives to come to an agreement on a budget for Washington state. I encourage legislators to go to dinner with your opponents, off the clock. Get to know each other as caring humans. Bury hatchets and mend fences.
    on June 29, 2013     Source: The Olympian


  1. "I feel very strongly we have a co-responsibility," Clinton told reporters, adding: "Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade. Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these...
    on Mar 25, 2009 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: Washington Post

  2. "People have a right to expect from the government and security agencies protection for their lives, land, honor and property," al-Hashemi said in a statement. "But in the case of (their) inability, the people have no choice but to take up...
    on Jul 8, 2007 By: Tariq al-Hashemi Source: USA Today

  3. During the CNN session, Gates said, "Because of our inability and the inability, frankly, of our allies to put enough troops in Afghanistan, the Taliban do have the momentum right now."
    on Oct 6, 2009 By: Robert Gates Source: Forbes

Word of the Day
untenable untenable
/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /