What is the opposite of able?

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Opposite of having considerable skill, proficiency, or intelligence
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“If you had an incompetent employee who was costing you money and butchering important relationships, wouldn't you want to know?”
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(able to) Opposite of having the necessary power, skill, or opportunity to do something
“Honorius was unable to control his own court and the death of Constantius initiated more than ten years of instability.”
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Opposite of very high in quality
“The steak he cooked was, frankly, awful.”
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Opposite of having or involving a great deal of knowledge or skill in a particular area
“In inexpert hands, inappropriate investigation often takes precedence.”
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Opposite of having the ability to put available resources to efficient or ingenious use
“Being unimaginative, he failed to creatively utilize the tools and resources at his disposal.”
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Opposite of denotes the effectiveness or dominance of a particular action
“Leaders who do not look after the interests of their followers are not only unethical but ineffective.”
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Opposite of of a suitable quality, standard, or type to meet the required purpose
“Nitrate moving downward may pollute groundwater and well water, thus making it unsuitable for human use.”
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Opposite of fast or responsive in one's thinking
“Brian would hang up the phone because he felt he was too stupid to figure out the girth of a box.”
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Opposite of beginning to attract attention or critical acclaim
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(free to) Opposite of allowed or permitted to do something
“The doors will be locked and you will be prohibited from leaving until after the event has completed.”
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Opposite of fit and healthy
“The doctor's report says I am incredibly weak and sickly.”
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Opposite of having a persuasive effect
“The speaker's words were highly uncompelling in motivating the crowd to take action.”
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Opposite of disposed, willing, ready (to do something)
“But she was unwilling to stir up the resentment she knew was simmering in him, and she, too, remained silent.”
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Opposite of having many sides
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Opposite of providing great utility or usefulness
“The broken electric kettle was now just a useless hunk of wires and plastic.”
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