un·​eco·​nom·​ic ˌən-ˌe-kə-ˈnä-mik How to pronounce uneconomic (audio)
variants or uneconomical
: not economically practicable
uneconomic transportation routes
also : costly, wasteful
an uneconomic nuclear technology

Examples of uneconomic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Car-makers have warned that U.K. electric-vehicle manufacturing may become uneconomic under the existing U.K.-EU trade deal, which from 2024 requires 45% of the value of EVs to come from the U.K. or EU to avoid tariffs. WSJ, 2 June 2023 Free-market economists such as Milton Friedman decried the Bretton Woods system because capital controls conferred enormous power on national governments and imposed great inefficiencies on businesses, forcing them to engage in uneconomic transactions to evade the controls. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, 9 July 2021 Indeed, carbon capture is no longer seen just as an uneconomic science project. Christopher Helman, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2022 By effectively cutting Russia out of the global gas market, the war has made new investments in gas infrastructure appear more risky and uneconomic than ever, especially for developing countries. Tim McDonnell, Quartz, 27 Oct. 2022 Pursuant to that mandate, the ACC forced Arizona Public Service to enter into a 30-year contract at an uneconomic rate of over four times the cost of electricity generated from natural gas. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, 8 Oct. 2022 Many of them are still dealing with the afterlife of their denial: billions of dollars of debt tied up in uneconomic coal plants. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uneconomic was in 1840

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“Uneconomic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uneconomic. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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