un·adapt·able | \ˌən-ə-ˈdap-tə-bəl, -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, -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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