un·​eco·​nom·​ic | \ ˌən-ˌe-kə-ˈnä-mik How to pronounce uneconomic (audio) , -ˌē-kə- \
variants: or uneconomical \ ˌən-​ˌe-​kə-​ˈnä-​mi-​kəl How to pronounce uneconomic (audio) , -​ˌē-​kə-​ \

Definition of uneconomic

: not economically practicable uneconomic transportation routes also : costly, wasteful an uneconomic nuclear technology

Examples of uneconomic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some critics, notably the Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment Bureau, see grey water recycling as environmentally risky, damaging to public wastewater recycling efforts and uneconomic. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2022 The global depression, coupled with the expense of drawing dwindling copper from the mountains, rendered the operation uneconomic. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Jan. 2022 Politicians peddle apocalypse and demand that Americans accept skyrocketing gasoline and home heating costs, rolling blackouts and brownouts, endless subsidies for uneconomic vehicles and power generation, and on and on. Andrew I. Fillat And Henry I. Miller, WSJ, 4 Nov. 2021 Further, the possibility that oil prices would fall with falling demand will mean that the more expensive supply, such as U.S. shale oil, will become uneconomic. Michael Lynch, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Investors should expect write-downs, both of capital invested in newly uneconomic petroleum projects and speculative clean-energy projects that don’t pan out. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 27 May 2021 The advent of the shale revolution, which converted large resources from uneconomic to economic and moved them to the proved reserves category is clear in recent years; data, but even before that, revisions have nearly always been net positive. Michael Lynch, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 There is even a risk that some gas reserves become uneconomic to produce, particularly in the U.S., Russia and the Middle East. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 24 Dec. 2020 Vistra’s Illinois and Ohio plants were uneconomic due to low gas prices, costly environmental rules and regional nuclear and coal subsidies that benefited the company’s competitors, Cohn told Bloomberg. Paul O'donnell, Dallas News, 29 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of uneconomic

1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Uneconomic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uneconomic. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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