un·​build·​able | \ ˌən-ˈbil-də-bəl How to pronounce unbuildable (audio) \

Definition of unbuildable

: not able to be built or suitable for building : not buildable an unbuildable bridge an unbuildable lot unbuildable wetlands

Examples of unbuildable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The original map from the Hollywoodland development planned for 1175 lots, but some of those lots were unbuildable, some roads were never developed and some of the land was deeded to Griffith Park. Nancy Keates, WSJ, 5 May 2022 The power couple, together for three decades, put their home in 2003 in Golden Valley's Cedarhurst neighborhood on a quarter-acre lot that was supposed to be unbuildable. Rohan Preston, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 This is where most car companies, and most CEOs, would have left the Coupe: as a show car, a brand avatar, exaggerated and unbuildable, with no shot at a business case. Dan Neil, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2020 In less exclusive, densely populated regions, the only remaining virgin land is often steeply sloping parcels that were previously thought unbuildable. Kris Frieswick, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2018 The difference is that Rube Goldberg never built his inventions; most are unbuildable. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2018 What can those homeowners do? » Buyers' money is locked up in unbuildable land. Benny L. Kass, chicagotribune.com, 31 Jan. 2018 Excluding that property would have left the lot unbuildable and inaccessible due to topography, representatives of Artisan Estate Homes, which owns the land, said last month. Sue Kiesewetter, Cincinnati.com, 13 Apr. 2018 Initially, the land became available in part because it was considered unbuildable by its landlord, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, which owns a high-rise to the west of the acreage that fronts on West 25th Street. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, 14 Mar. 2018 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unbuildable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of unbuildable

1870, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About unbuildable

Time Traveler for unbuildable

Time Traveler

The first known use of unbuildable was in 1870

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near unbuildable




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for unbuildable

Last Updated

17 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Unbuildable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbuildable. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!