un·​af·​ford·​able | \ˌən-ə-ˈfȯr-də-bəl \

Definition of unaffordable 

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

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unaffordably \ ˌən-​ə-​ˈfȯr-​də-​blē \ adverb
unaffordably high prices

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Trump has sabotaged several aspects of the law, creating premium spikes that will harm many state exchanges and make insurance unaffordable for many customers who now have it. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Wishes He Could Destroy Obama’s Legacy. He Hasn’t. And Won’t.," 20 May 2018 In addition to the lack of psychiatric services in rural areas, psychiatric services can be expensive and unaffordable, and not just for low-income people. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "California needs more mental health professionals – and the shortage will get worse, experts say," 11 July 2018 These reports show that the high price plans on the individual market are unaffordable and forcing unsubsidized middle-class consumers to drop coverage. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: Those who don't qualify for government aid aren't buying Obamacare plans," 3 July 2018 Health insurance is becoming increasingly unaffordable. Paul Seward, STAT, "Emergency departments: the ‘chewing gum and duct tape’ holding together U.S. health care," 3 July 2018 These reactors have proven unaffordable and economically uncompetitive. David Roberts, Vox, "The US is rapidly losing nuclear power. That’s profoundly concerning for climate change.," 11 July 2018 Meanwhile, home supplies also rose in six of the nation’s 10 most unaffordable cities where housing costs make up 42 percent or more of monthly income, Trulia says. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Home prices are high. What could cool them down?," 12 July 2018 Rosenthal also found that poor defendants may be held in jail on unaffordable bail if a judge has made an assessment that that is appropriate. Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, "Federal judge on landmark Harris County bail suit implements revisions to policy," 29 June 2018 There was no word if mounting student-loan debt and unaffordable mortgages would get dedicated stations as well. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Minor league team makes millennials angry with its Millennial Night promotion," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of unaffordable

1825, in the meaning defined above

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