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

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And summer camps, which once offered middle- and working-class kids invaluable time outdoors, are now unaffordable for many, Kari Paul writes for Quartz. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "A comprehensive guide to surviving a full summer with your kids," 15 June 2019 Individual storage solutions in contrast are currently unaffordable. Thomas Wolfgang Thurner, Quartz Africa, "Renewable energy managed over blockchain would boost Africa’s rural power access," 11 June 2019 Buying a home already is unaffordable for far too many families, and now the state is going to add the cost of a rooftop solar system to every new home purchase. Christina Bellantoni, latimes.com, "Russia probe might have an end date, but Trump clashes with Justice Department show no signs of letting up," 21 May 2018 But America’s leading tech hubs have become victims of their own success, increasingly unaffordable for the innovators and entrepreneurs who create new technologies and launch startups. Richard Florida And Ian Hathaway, WSJ, "Can the U.S. Keep Its High-Tech Edge?," 5 Oct. 2018 The interest burden generated by the mushrooming debt threatens to turn this virtuous cycle into an unaffordable luxury. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "How Debt Could Blow Up the Trump Economy," 15 Mar. 2018 Get our daily newsletter Their off-brand pills, vaccines, patches and syrups help contain health-care costs in rich countries and supply poor ones with once-unaffordable drugs to combat AIDS and other scourges. The Economist, "Indian drugmakers need a new prescription," 22 Mar. 2018 Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) would like the federal government to start manufacturing prescription drugs when the market fails and prices for certain medications become unaffordable. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Warren’s interesting new bill to lower generic drug prices, explained.," 20 Dec. 2018 Unlike other rankings, from real-estate prices to venture-capital investment, the Brookings index shows us not only which cities have done well and become unaffordable. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Where You Should Move to Make the Most Money: America’s Superstar Cities," 15 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of unaffordable

1825, in the meaning defined above

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