un·​drink·​able | \ ˌən-ˈdriŋ-kə-bəl How to pronounce undrinkable (audio) \

Definition of undrinkable

: unsuitable or unpleasant to drink

Examples of undrinkable in a Sentence

The water was undrinkable and had to be boiled.
Recent Examples on the Web Three times in the past 18 months, waste has seeped out of such reservoirs, jamming underground rivers, flooding village streets and rendering the local reservoir water undrinkable. Anchorage Daily News, "Chinese metal mines feed global demand for gadgets and poison China’s poorest regions," 30 Dec. 2019 Water can easily become contaminated, rendering it undrinkable. Debra Krol, azcentral, "House to vote on permanently banning uranium mines near the Grand Canyon," 29 Oct. 2019 But 16 years after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and two years after the defeat of ISIS, its economy is at best sluggish, unemployment remains high, it's plagued by daily electricity cuts and the water in cities such as Basra is undrinkable. Ben Wedeman, CNN, "A new wave of Arab protesters say, 'It's the economy, stupid!'," 4 Oct. 2019 Daily power cuts last for several hours, and the tap water is undrinkable. Washington Post, "Gazan’s death abroad shines light on middle-class exodus," 8 Sep. 2019 For years, Gaza’s 2 million residents have endured rising poverty and unemployment, undrinkable groundwater and frequent electricity outages. Washington Post, "Gaza parents struggle to join kids for treatment in Israel," 12 June 2019 Investing hundreds of dollars into ingredients only to watch thatinvestment turn into an undrinkable mess is not for the faint of heart. Fortune, "This Michelin-Starred Restaurateur Traded Fine Dining for Ben Franklin’s Favorite Milk Cocktail," 13 July 2019 In coastal areas, there is plenty of undrinkable saltwater, while desalination is costly. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "Study: A gigantic deposit of fresh water is hidden off the Northeast coast," 24 June 2019 If a hurricane hits, tap water often becomes undrinkable if the power fails at water treatment plants. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Hurricane Florence-proof your kitchen with these three tips," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of undrinkable

1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Undrinkable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undrinkable. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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: unhealthy or unpleasant to drink

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