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 Meanings and Examples of UNABLE
Definition Example Sentence Classic Sentence
unable
 a.  not be able to do something
Classic Sentence: (210 in 15 pages)
1  Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room and continued a long time traversing my bed-chamber, unable to compose my mind to sleep.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 5
2  We ascended into my room, and the servant presently brought breakfast; but I was unable to contain myself.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 5
3  I was unable to remain for a single instant in the same place; I jumped over the chairs, clapped my hands, and laughed aloud.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 5
4  Fear overcame me; I dared no advance, dreading a thousand nameless evils that made me tremble, although I was unable to define them.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 7
5  The sky was serene; and, as I was unable to rest, I resolved to visit the spot where my poor William had been murdered.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 7
6  Sometimes I tried to imitate the pleasant songs of the birds but was unable.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 11
7  Their pronunciation was quick, and the words they uttered, not having any apparent connection with visible objects, I was unable to discover any clue by which I could unravel the mystery of their reference.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 12
8  But again when I reflected that they had spurned and deserted me, anger returned, a rage of anger, and unable to injure anything human, I turned my fury towards inanimate objects.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 16
9  But I was bewildered, perplexed, and unable to arrange my ideas sufficiently to understand the full extent of his proposition.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 17
10  I feared the vengeance of the disappointed fiend, yet I was unable to overcome my repugnance to the task which was enjoined me.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 18
11  I was unable to pursue the train of thought; a thousand feelings pressed upon me, and I wept bitterly.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 21
12  At length he opened his eyes; he breathed with difficulty and was unable to speak.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 24
13  About half an hour afterwards he attempted again to speak but was unable; he pressed my hand feebly, and his eyes closed forever, while the irradiation of a gentle smile passed away from his lips.
Frankenstein By Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley
Get Context   In Chapter 24
14  She must have broken her rule against drinking that night for when she arrived she was stupid with liquor and unable to understand that the ambulance had already gone to Flushing.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Get Context   In Chapter 8
15  "Woman, I could well-nigh pity thee," said Roger Chillingworth, unable to restrain a thrill of admiration too, for there was a quality almost majestic in the despair which she expressed.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Get Context   In XIV. HESTER AND THE PHYSICIAN
Example Sentence: (71 in 5 pages)
16  They were unwilling, or unable, to guarantee safe passage from the city to the aircraft.
17  My client was unable to meet her rent payments.
18  The computer program was unable to discriminate between letters and numbers.
19  He was unable to contain his own destructive feelings.
20  She was unable to contain her excitement.
21  The two of them seem unable to control their sexual urges.
22  The company was unable to match his current salary.
23  She seems unable to pull herself out of this deep slough of self-pity.
24  We were unable to define what exactly was wrong with him.
25  For months I had been either unwilling or unable to go through with it.
26  Mr Harvey, unable for once to do exactly as he wanted, sulked just like a spoilt child.
27  School administrators were unable to explain the slide in student performance.
28  I'm unable to throw off this feeling of inertia.
29  Hippos are unable to submerge in the few remaining water holes.
30  The morale of the enemy soldiers degenerated, and they were unable to fight.