un·​af·​ford·​able | \ ˌən-ə-ˈfȯr-də-bəl How to pronounce unaffordable (audio) \

Definition of unaffordable

: too costly to be paid for : not affordable unaffordable tuition

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unaffordably \ ˌən-​ə-​ˈfȯr-​də-​blē How to pronounce unaffordable (audio) \ adverb
unaffordably high prices

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Recent Examples on the Web It is defined as the experience of unstable or unaffordable housing. Vicky Carter, refinery29.com, "I’ve Moved 4 Times In 4 Months During A Pandemic & I Nearly Fell Apart," 19 Dec. 2020 The ability to afford buying a home has declined since the pandemic hit the nation, according to the National Association of Realtors, but that does not make the purchase unaffordable. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Home affordability has worsened during the pandemic," 9 Oct. 2020 Ultimately, the fact that drugs are inaccessible and unaffordable to many seniors is due to private Part D insurers implementing aggressive cost-sharing. Susan Peschin, STAT, "Trump’s ‘most favored nation’ executive order on drug prices is a scam for seniors," 16 Sep. 2020 Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla Inc., has said import duties would make his vehicles unaffordable in India. Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg.com, "Toyota Halts India Growth, Blaming ‘We Don’t Want You’ Taxes," 14 Sep. 2020 And if that weren’t bad enough, real wages have barely gone up in decades, and rent in every state is considered unaffordable. Colette Shade, The New Republic, "Crying at Work Isn’t the Answer," 6 Jan. 2021 In a letter to the City Council, Hines project development director, Bob Pfefferle, said that by increasing the number of rentals the company was able to add public amenities including green space, that otherwise would be unaffordable. Jim Buchta, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis cap on short-term rentals upsets operators, developers," 21 Jan. 2021 These people already receive help buying coverage, but are still left with paying a monthly premium share that can be unaffordable. Sarah Kliff, New York Times, "One Sentence in Biden Stimulus Plan Reveals His Health Care Approach," 16 Jan. 2021 That would, insurers say, make travel insurance unaffordable. Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times, "7 things you must know about travel insurance," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of unaffordable

1825, in the meaning defined above

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23 Feb 2021

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“Unaffordable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaffordable. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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