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

Other Words from unadaptable

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The latter sentiment is the key to understanding both the assets and challenges of making a TV series out of a comic book long held as one of the medium’s greatest, but also one of its most unadaptable. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 5 Aug. 2022 So maybe its backers simply need to keep reminding people how Frank Herbert’s novel was considered unadaptable ... and Jon Spaihts, Eric Roth and Villeneuve did it. Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2022 That film’s failure gave the book a reputation for being unadaptable: too long, unwieldy, and dense with lore to work on a blockbuster scale. David Sims, The Atlantic, 27 Oct. 2021 Who better than his fellow filmmakers to understand the difficulties involved in bringing Frank Herbert’s nigh-unadaptable novel to the screen? Nate Jones, Vulture, 22 Oct. 2021 Apple TV+, striving to make its mark with a modest number of high quality series, opted to embark on the impossible and adapt the unadaptable. Jeff Ewing, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 Of course, this could still all go horribly wrong; there are those who think The Sandman is essentially unadaptable. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 1 July 2019 Of course, this could still all go horribly wrong; there are those who think The Sandman is essentially unadaptable. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 1 July 2019 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, 31 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of unadaptable

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Unadaptable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unadaptable. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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