un·​drink·​able | \ˌən-ˈdriŋ-kə-bəl \

Definition of undrinkable 

: unsuitable or unpleasant to drink

Examples of undrinkable in a Sentence

The water was undrinkable and had to be boiled.

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Nearly all groundwater has become undrinkable and untreated sewage is pouring into the Mediterranean. Washington Post, "Trump’s Mideast team gets close-up view of peace obstacles," 21 June 2018 The water is undrinkable and raw sewage is pumped into the sea. David M. Halbfinger, New York Times, "Though Deadly, Gaza Protests Draw Attention and Enthusiasm," 7 Apr. 2018 The state has said that the city’s water now meets U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards, but some homeowners say the water coming from their faucets remains undrinkable. Jamie Butters, BostonGlobe.com, "Elon Musk pledges to pay for clean water to homes in Flint, Mich.," 11 July 2018 Brewers sometimes have to dump thousands of gallons of undrinkable beer. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "The Newest Thing in Beer: Ancient Yeast," 20 May 2018 Unemployment is over 40 percent, tap water is undrinkable and Gazans receive only a few hours of electricity a day. Washington Post, "Egypt’s president announces Rafah crossing open for Ramadan," 18 May 2018 Nearly half the population is unemployed; raw sewage is pumped into the sea; tap water is undrinkable, and electricity flickers on for just three or four hours a day. Hana Salah, latimes.com, "For Hamas, the deadly protests against Israel are a welcome diversion," 25 May 2018 Tap water is undrinkable, and the Mediterranean beachfront smells from the tons of untreated sewage dumped into it each day. Washington Post, "With little to lose, Gaza’s men drawn to border protests," 16 May 2018 Tap water is undrinkable, and the Mediterranean beachfront smells from the tons of untreated sewage dumped into it each day. Fox News, "With little to lose, Gaza's men drawn to border protests," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of undrinkable

1611, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of undrinkable

: unhealthy or unpleasant to drink

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