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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Galicia’s most exclusive catch is largely unaffordable to its residents. Tom Downey, WSJ, "A Spanish Food and Wine Region Comes Alive Again," 6 Dec. 2018 Some of the McRefugees stated that unaffordable housing forced the poor into unsafe living conditions — many of which do not have any windows — that led them to seek safe shelter at the fast food chain, South China Post reported. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Number of Hong Kong McDonald's 'McRefugees' sleeping in restaurants has skyrocketed," 6 Aug. 2018 The capability to engage enemy troops in cover is useful but anything that does that and nothing else is impractical from an infantryman’s perspective and an expensive niche weapon unaffordable even by the U.S. Army. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s XM-25 'Punisher' Supergun Is Dead," 13 Aug. 2018 More than five years of rapidly rising prices, combined with higher mortgage rates are making homes increasingly unaffordable for buyers. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "Home-Price Gains Continue to Slow in September," 27 Nov. 2018 Worse still, many costs are rising: notably Bay Area housing is increasingly unaffordable. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Study: Over 20 years, Silicon Valley workers’ median wage has fallen by 14%," 23 Nov. 2018 Charles says each treatment can cost about $200 per session, and monthly rounds are typically needed as well as maintenance visits afterward, which may be unaffordable to some people. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Why workplace bans on facial hair marginalize men of color," 28 Sep. 2018 Manufacturers are also free to charge for the drugs at a price that may be unaffordable and that is not covered by insurance. Philly.com, "'Right-to-try' means right to be harmed by unproven treatments," 30 May 2018 Only the fine print revealed that this forecast depended on politicians piling up enough taxes to render gasoline cars unaffordable. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Electric Cars and Media Explained," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of unaffordable

1825, in the meaning defined above

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