apparent, seeming
complete, total

the government's chronic inability to face facts


She has an inability to control her rage.

be frustrated by

She felt increasingly frustrated by her inability to demonstrate her ideas.

demonstrate, indicate, reflect, show

Her outbursts reflected her inability to cope with the loss of her brother.


His experiences as a child explain his inability to sustain relationships.

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