Usage examples for inability

  1. He regretted exceedingly his inability to oblige the ladies, but- and he prepared to drive off. – Abroad with the Jimmies by Lilian Bell
  2. Weaknesses she had none, except an inability to darn her stockings. – I Saw Three Ships and Other Winter Tales by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  3. " No," said Dennis, realising how terribly handicapped they were by Myra's inability to see. – The Mystery of the Green Ray by William Le Queux
  4. If you are disappointed of these results it will not be the fault of this long- proved method of teaching, but of my own inability to carry it out. – Literary and General Lectures and Essays by Charles Kingsley
  5. She smiled a smile of infinite knowledge to hide her utter ignorance, her inability to supply even a reason that should wear an air of truth. – The Sea-Hawk by Raphael Sabatini
  6. This is not unnatural, and might under ordinary circumstances be accepted as conclusive proof of the growing poverty of the country and the inability of the people to preserve their own lives. – Modern India by William Eleroy Curtis
  7. His manner rather indicated inability to pay and panic terror. – The Progressionists, and Angela. by Conrad von Bolanden
  8. His inability to remember faces is a town joke. – The House of a Thousand Candles by Meredith Nicholson
  9. " Be still," answered the woman sharply, speaking in the tones of vexed inability – How John Norton the Trapper Kept His Christmas by W. H. H. Murray
  10. His inability to stop made him feel weak and guilty, and even more anxious about the risks. – Underground by Suelette Dreyfus
  11. Our inability to push it indefinitely is no argument at all against it. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  12. It had been an impulse such as the most selfish people sometimes yield to when their failing strength brings upon them suddenly the sense of their inability to resist any longer the course of events. – Saracinesca by F. Marion Crawford
  13. The unhappy lot of his people was due to their ignorance, their inability to understand the new language, their age- old habits of semiserfdom. – Comrade Yetta by Albert Edwards
  14. Our utter inability to meet these demands weighed very heavily upon my husband's mind. – Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
  15. His death was hurried by his inability to give up the drinking to which he had become accustomed. – Oscar Wilde A Critical Study by Arthur Ransome
  16. The battles which marked the opening of the campaign have long since become a matter of history, partly by reason of the desperate heroism shown by our troops, but more, I fear, on account of the inability and blunderings of their leaders. – Long Live the King by Guy Boothby
  17. During the long afternoon following the burial of the two Arabs, each of the boy slaves at different times declared his utter inability to proceed any further. – The Boy Slaves by Mayne Reid
  18. But I was silent, not so much from prudence as from inability to find adequate words. – The Plum Tree by David Graham Phillips
  19. They gestured at the doors, indicating their own inability to open them. – The Secret of the Ninth Planet by Donald Allen Wollheim
  20. The Peasants, which the author never entirely got through, was taken up repeatedly, and as often put aside from sheer inability to proceed. – Balzac by Frederick Lawton