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 His unelectable Republican opponent is Curtis Sliwa, a street mercenary and former mob kidnap victim who lives with either 16 or 17 cats. Choire Sicha, Curbed, 21 Sep. 2021 Whatever the new thinking — bold, strong, even unelectable — humility may be needed as well. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 11 July 2021 In a similar way, donors and consultants warned, Democrats were on the verge of nominating an unelectable socialist. Christopher Caldwell, The New Republic, 23 Nov. 2020 Republicans in other states were either selecting or snuffing out unelectable candidates. Brian Reisinger, National Review, 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, 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, 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, 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, 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of unelectable

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 18 Oct. 2021.

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