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 unaffordably (audio) \ adverb
unaffordably high prices

Examples of unaffordable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Housing costs above 30% of a household’s income are considered unaffordable because there’s not enough money left for food, health care, transportation and education. Catherine Reagor, azcentral, "Squeezed Out: Arizona needs at least 100,000 more affordable homes now," 9 Feb. 2020 Carson’s rule would instead place the emphasis on scaling back regulations that make housing unaffordable to the poor and allow jurisdictions flexibility to advance the cause of fair housing in ways other than those preferred by Washington. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 9 Jan. 2020 That has raised concerns about whether the industry is intensifying income inequality and making New York unaffordable for more people. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "Silicon Valley’s Newest Rival: The Banks of the Hudson," 5 Jan. 2020 All these stumbles have led to repeated premium increases that have threatened to make coverage unaffordable right when people need their coverage the most. Liz Weston, oregonlive, "Liz Weston: Insurance premium hikes can make coverage unaffordable right when it’s needed most," 22 Dec. 2019 The payments on that debt, done through property taxes, can make a monthly mortgage payment unexpectedly unaffordable if homebuyers are not prepared. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: Disclose metropolitan district tax rates on real estate listings," 20 Dec. 2019 And scientists have questioned whether, if followed, the dietary guidelines would actually make food unaffordable for more than 1 billion people. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "How pro-meat Twitter scrambled the rollout of the planetary health diet," 26 Nov. 2019 Escalating inflation and an IMF forecast of slow growth could make driving unaffordable for middle class families. Sharif Paget, CNN, "Iran warns security forces may act against gas price protests," 22 Nov. 2019 But many of their social programs proved unaffordable. Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times, "In an embrace of the populist left, Argentina voters rebuke their president," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of unaffordable

1825, in the meaning defined above

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“Unaffordable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaffordable. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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