spandict abling – definition and meaning – Wordnik
Thursday, December 13, 2018

spandict abling – definition and meaning – Wordnik

Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow , the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

  1. Log In
    Sign Up

  2. current community

    • English Language & Usage


    • English Language & Usage Meta

    your communities

    Sign up or log in to customize your list.

    more stack exchange communities

    company blog

    • Tour

      Start here for a quick overview of the site

    • Help Center

      Detailed answers to any questions you might have

    • Meta

      Discuss the workings and policies of this site

    • About Us

      Learn more about Stack Overflow the company

    • Business

      Learn more about hiring developers or posting ads with us

By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy , Privacy Policy , and our Terms of Service .

English Language & Usage

English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up

Here’s how it works:

Anybody can ask a question

Anybody can answer

The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

The antonym of “abling”

Ask Question

up vote
down vote


Is there an antonym to the verb form of “able”. If my English is correct, you can say the following:

My large backpack is abling me to bring all my books to school.

(I see that a far better word in that circumstance would be “enables”, but I’ll let it stand.) However, is there a way to say something akin to the following?

Arguably, this effect lessens as the obstacles get larger, as they now fill a larger part of the length of the passing wave, unabling the flow to onset hydro-elastic vibrations.


share | improve this question

asked Aug 27 ’14 at 11:46



  • 3

    This question appears to be off-topic because it asks for the antonym of a verb able that effectively doesn’t exist in modern English.
    –  FumbleFingers
    Aug 27 ’14 at 11:58

  • 2

    Don’t stand with able. Use enable.
    –  bib
    Aug 27 ’14 at 12:08

  • 2

    Enable for the first usage, disable for the second; able and unable are not used as verbs in modern English.
    –  choster
    Aug 27 ’14 at 13:56

add a comment  | 

2 Answers




up vote
down vote


To “disable” is to render completely inoperative, so that’s not what you’re looking for.

As general antonyms to “enable”, you might like “hinder“, “hamper” or synonyms for those you can find in a thesaurus.

But for your specific context of “anti-abling” a flow or fluid, by far the most common word is “obstructing” (which can be either partial, as rocks in a stream, or total, as a dam on a river).

From ODO:

obstruct : block (an opening, path, road, etc.); be or get in the way of

And M-W

obstruct : to hinder from passage, action, or operation : impede, inhibit

On the other hand, if a flow isn’t impeded by objects within it, but rather by its own container (think a pipe with a bottleneck in it), the idiomatic word is “constricted“.


constrict: to slow or stop the natural course or development of


constrict (v): to make smaller or narrower by binding or squeezing.; To restrict the scope or freedom of; cramp

constrict (n): A constricted or narrow part.

share | improve this answer

edited Aug 27 ’14 at 13:58

answered Aug 27 ’14 at 11:49

Dan Bron


  • Yes, obstructing would be a good word in most fluid related scenarios. In this case, though, it’s more the length scales involved that are specific. For now, I’ll go with "inhibiting". I see that my sentence as it stands now doesn’t reflect this fully. The width of the pipe doesn’t obstruct the flow, as there’s ample room around it, but it’s too long in relation to a passing pressure front.
    –  Tarjei
    Aug 27 ’14 at 11:54

  • @Tarjei In that case (too skinny for its length), the idiomatic word would be "constrict".
    –  Dan Bron
    Aug 27 ’14 at 11:58

  • Constrict seems to hit the spot, I’ll go with that. Accepted answer.
    –  Tarjei
    Aug 27 ’14 at 12:04

add a comment  | 

up vote
down vote

The word is enabling (not * abling ) and the antonym would be not enabling / hindering.

However, in the given context, use impede :

… as they now fill a larger part of the length of the passing wave, impeding the flow to onset hydro-elastic vibrations.

share | improve this answer

answered Aug 27 ’14 at 12:17



  • Impede was in my answer, Kris (and furthermore on OP’s comment on my answer).
    –  Dan Bron
    Aug 27 ’14 at 12:24

  • @DanBron And that is the word, not * unabling. In your answer, impede appears incidentally as one of the meanings of the word obstruct, not as a suggested answer by you, right?
    –  Kris
    Aug 27 ’14 at 12:26

  • If you’re referring to the "unabling" in my answer, did you notice the scare quotes? That’s how your "bogosity asterisk" is spelled in normal prose. If you believe "the word" ("the word", really?) is impede, then you should, by rights, upvote my answer for providing it. That said, it turns out "the word" OP was looking for — and chose explicitly over impede — was "constrict".
    –  Dan Bron
    Aug 27 ’14 at 12:30

add a comment  | 

Not the answer you’re looking for? Browse other questions tagged single-word-requests or ask your own question .


4 years, 3 months ago


443 times


4 years, 3 months ago


Welcome Wagon: Community and Comments on Stack Overflow



What’s the antonym for ‘word’?


What’s the antonym for Schadenfreude?


What’s the antonym of “serendipitous”?


Antonym for the verb “subordinate”


Antonym for force (verb)


What is the antonym to ‘minimalist’?


Antonym for Utilitarian


Antonym/Opposite of “Legend”


Antonym of peruse


Antonym of whopper

Hot Network Questions

  • What’s the little number on the top of a number w/ unit?

  • Why did Aragorn call this stranger father?

  • How to improve logic to check whether 4 boolean values match some cases

  • Is it acceptable to publish student names with the label ‘stupid question’, on a publicly-visible website?

  • Do historians agree that most wars are caused by religion?

  • What is this in my wall?

  • Problem with the pst-eucl package?

  • 50% O₂ 25% Neon 23% Nitrogen and 3% trace gasses?

  • Can an uncountable group have a countable number of subgroups?

  • Why is <= slower than < in V8?

  • Probability of exactly one defective unit

  • What’s wrong with my e-mail to potential PhD supervisors?

  • How to understand "I had two try"

  • Could you do acrobatics and long-distance running in an ankle-length dress?

  • Why aren’t Republicans more focused on mobilizing a movement towards ‘dethroning’ Trump?

  • Fractions common denominator

  • Can ATC handle a flight as emergency although the pilots have not declared an emergency?

  • Are there any two numbers such that multiplying them together is the same as putting their digits next to each other?

  • Why would an attacker ever want to sit on a zero-day exploit?

  • What was the first mainstream advanced debugger?

  • are quotients by equivalence relations "better" than surjections?

  • Outsourcing trivial authorless work

  • accidentally deleted /var/lib/apt/

  • Does a monk get cumulative bonuses to proficiency and unarmed movement each level?

more hot questions

question feed

English Language & Usage Stack Exchange works best with JavaScript enabled

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+

Home   /   Define a Word   /  What is the meaning of Abling?

Definition of Abling

What is the definition of ABLING?

Here is a list of definitions for abling.

What is the meaning of Abling? | Definition of Abling
What is the definition of Abling?
What are the synonyms of Abling?

Can ABLING be used in Scrabble?

Collins Dictionary Logo Click to view more definitions of ABLING using the Collins Dictionary

Words beginning with ABLING?

We only list the first 50 results for words beginning with ABLING.

  1. ablings

What words can be made with ABLING?

We only list the first 50 results for any words that can be made with ABLING.

  1. al
  2. algin
  3. align
  4. alb
  5. an
  6. ani
  7. anil
  8. ai
  9. ail
  10. ain
  11. ab
  12. ag
  13. agin
  14. nib
  15. nil
  16. na
  17. nail
  18. nab
  19. nag
  20. li
  21. lig
  22. ligan
  23. lib
  24. lin
  25. ling
  26. linga
  27. liang
  28. la
  29. lab
  30. lang
  31. lag
  32. lain
  33. blag
  34. blain
  35. blin
  36. bi
  37. bin
  38. binal
  39. bing
  40. big
  41. biga
  42. ba
  43. bal
  44. baling
  45. ban
  46. bani
  47. bang
  48. bail
  49. bag
  50. in
  51. gal
  52. gain

View all words that can be made with ABLING

Google Logo Click to view more definitions of ABLING using Google search

Discussions for the word abling

Welcome to the Define a word / Definition of word page

On this page of scrabblewordsolver is where you can define any word you wish to. Simply input the word you would like in to the box and click define. You will then be instantly taken to the next page which will give you the definition of the word along with other useful and important information.

Please remember our service is totally free, and all we ask is that you share us with your friends and family.

Scrabble Word Finder