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 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, "Polestar 1: The World’s Most Beautiful Hybrid Car Has Arrived," 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, "Luxury Living Off the Edge of a Mountain," 21 Nov. 2018 The difference is that Rube Goldberg never built his inventions; most are unbuildable. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘The Art of Rube Goldberg’ Review: The Machinery of Humor," 15 Oct. 2018 What can those homeowners do? » Buyers' money is locked up in unbuildable land. Benny L. Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Condo management slaps resident with penalty over petty parking issue. Can he fight back?," 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, "New subdivision wins approval in West Chester," 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, "Cleveland's Ohio City Farm faces losses, adds resources, opens doors (photos)," 14 Mar. 2018 These homes tend to be sited on winding roads that go deep into canyons and up hillsides and are on several acres of land, though much of it is unbuildable because of the geography of the hills. USA TODAY, "Why wildfires are destroying so many homes in California," 14 Oct. 2017 Also, at some point, the property owner is expected to divide off the back end of the property, which is unbuildable wetlands, for donation to the Forest Preserve District of Kane County as part of the Oakhurst Forest Preserve. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "New used car dealer may open in Aurora," 1 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of unbuildable

1870, in the meaning defined above

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“Unbuildable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbuildable. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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