un·​elect·​able ˌən-i-ˈlek-tə-bəl How to pronounce unelectable (audio)
: 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 She was considered at once inevitable and unelectable. Amanda Hess, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2024 The stakes were extraordinarily high: Many of his Republican opponents see Mr. Trump as, at best, unelectable and, at worst, a threat to the foundations of American democracy. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, 25 Feb. 2024 The Democrats went all in to nominate the most unelectable Republicans. Neal B. Freeman, National Review, 26 Jan. 2024 His presence at the top of the ticket is unlikely to help build functioning Republican majorities in the House and Senate, especially given his track record of promoting unelectable candidates. WSJ, 10 Dec. 2023 In the past, a candidate with such legal problems would be unelectable. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, 19 June 2023 Still, none of the responsible groups should project that 2022’s lack of a drubbing is a model for the future; hoping the GOP nominates unelectable candidates on its own isn’t likely to be mistaken for a responsible strategy that keeps everyone at the table, and the table in one piece. Philip Elliott, Time, 28 Dec. 2022 The new strategy is a two-pronged approach: one that has Irvin personally pushing the argument that Bailey, a conservative Downstate state senator, is unelectable in a general election; and the second using TV ads to portray a more positive image of Irvin and criticize Pritzker’s record. Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune, 10 June 2022 With six days until Pennsylvania's primary, Republicans are openly worrying that a leading candidate in the crowded GOP field for governor is unelectable in the fall general election and will fumble away an opportunity for the party to take over the battleground state's executive suite. Marc Levy, ajc, 10 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unelectable was in 1932

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“Unelectable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unelectable. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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