Capable and Unable


Capable adjective - (usually followed by `of') having capacity or ability.
Usage example: capable of hard work

Unable is an antonym for capable in topics: incapable, able to perform.

Nearby Words: capability, capably


Unable adjective - Lacking qualities (as knowledge, skill, or ability) required to do a job.
Usage example: a celebrated author of serious plays, he turned out to be a particularly unable writer of comedies

Capable is an antonym for unable in topics: skill, able.

Both words in one sentence

  • Wang Ping was unable to read (he was genuinely unable to understand written characters), so he had books read to him instead and became a capable scholar in his own right.
  • The Muppets, including Rowlf, seem completely unable to distinguish between a real dog and a muppet dog, talking about him as if he were capable of anything a muppet dog could do.
  • Most are capable of shapeshifting, but they are unable to disguise their distinctive kaleidoscopic eyes.
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