un·​adapt·​able | \ ˌən-ə-ˈdap-tə-bəl How to pronounce unadaptable (audio) , -a-\

Definition of unadaptable

: not adaptable: such as
a : not capable of adjusting to new conditions or situations people who are unadaptable to change
b : not capable of being easily modified to suit other conditions, needs, or uses An economy that is … unadaptable is not efficient.— Jane Jacobs an unadaptable computer system

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unadaptability \ ˌən-​ə-​dap-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unadaptability (audio) , -​a-​ \ noun

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In 2012, Rocket was in an SPCA shelter in Sacramento, California, and was considered unadaptable because of his unpredictable energy, so he was put on a euthanasia list. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "A Dog That Was Nearly Put Down for Having Too Much Energy Is Now Saving Lives in Texas," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of unadaptable

1882, in the meaning defined above

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