un·​elect·​able | \ ˌən-i-ˈlek-tə-bəl How to pronounce unelectable (audio) \

Definition of unelectable

: not capable of being elected : not electable a candidate regarded by many as unelectable

Examples of unelectable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Republicans in other states were either selecting or snuffing out unelectable candidates. Brian Reisinger, National Review, "Unite or Die: The Making of the Badger State Battleground," 17 Aug. 2020 And Trump’s election, after the most openly misogynistic campaign in modern history, convinced most Democratic Party regulars that American women were unelectable to the highest office in the land for at least another cycle. Nina Burleigh, The New Republic, "Trump’s Women Are Trapped in a Cult of “Empowerment”," 13 Apr. 2020 While the question of any link between Buttigieg’s sexuality and electability has not been a major issue among his fellow Democratic presidential hopefuls, his rivals have been trying to use his mayoral experience to paint him as unelectable. NBC News, "Buttigieg: I didn't 'set out to be the gay president'," 9 Feb. 2020 If those activists were not naive, if this man was not unelectable, the centrists’ entire lives had been a lie. David Graeber, The New York Review of Books, "The Center Blows Itself Up: Care and Spite in the ‘Brexit Election’," 13 Jan. 2020 This belief persists this despite the victory, in that election, of a man who was widely considered one of the most unelectable candidates ever to seek the presidency. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "“Electability” Is a Poisonous Political Shibboleth," 17 Jan. 2020 So Democrats compete to determine which of them stands the best chance of toppling a president who should be unelectable. BostonGlobe.com, "But his shortcomings, like those of his Democratic rivals, are minuscule compared to the appalling qualities Trump displays daily. Democrats are playing not just by different rules, but an entirely different game.," 17 Nov. 2019 The more unelectable Labour became, the more Corbyn and his Stalinist controllers were entrenched in power. The Economist, "David Cameron’s alternative memoirs," 19 Sep. 2019 Republicans blew a lot of winnable races during the Obama years because unelectable candidates prevailed in primaries, from Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle in 2010 to Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock in 2012. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Democratic committees divided over playing in primaries, with Texas as ground zero," 5 Mar. 2018

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1932, in the meaning defined above

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“Unelectable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unelectable. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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