unability (uncountable)

  1. Lack of ability; inability.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 12, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      difficulty doth not make me despaire, much lesse my unability: for it is but mine owne.
    • 1999, Christian Bühler, ‎Harry Knops, Assistive Technology on the Threshold of the New Millennium:
      For the most common unabilities of disabled and older to perform different tasks in the kitchen, some adapted elements, including a robot-arm, have been designed.
    • 2012, Johan H. C. Reiber, ‎P.W. Serruys, Advances in Quantitative Coronary Arteriography:
      Failures were related to the unability to selectively place the guiding catheter at the coronary ostium in 2 cases and to the unability to cross the lesion in 8 cases.
    • 2012, Julian F. Johnson, ‎Roger S. Porter, Liquid Crystals and Ordered Fluids - Volume 2:
      The main factors that determine the location of the boundaries for the region of existence of a phase and thus its transition to another phase seem to be its ability or unability to incorporate water.

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