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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) attributed Republicans’ underwhelming midterm performance in Arizona, New Hampshire and Georgia to subpar candidates and blamed Trump for backing unelectable candidates in primaries. Liz Goodwin And Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Jan. 2023 Supporters of more involvement argue unelectable Republicans are too frequently winning primaries in competitive districts only to squander opportunities for the GOP by underperforming in general contests. Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner, 4 Jan. 2023 For them, Biden is a safety valve—a good, churchgoing Catholic and anti-police defunder whose presence ensures that the party doesn’t nominate someone centrists consider unelectable. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 28 Nov. 2022 Among disappointed Republicans, Trump's impact on races has led to a finger-pointing election postmortem, complaints about unelectable candidates with extreme positions. CBS News, 13 Nov. 2022 The New Hampshire dynamic reflects the emboldened GOP’s increasing confidence in candidates who party leaders believed were essentially unelectable — or at least seriously flawed — just weeks or months ago. Steve Peoples, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Oct. 2022 If Republicans nominated a few too many unelectable stop-the-steal candidates or if a few too many Democratic incumbents proved too resilient, the Republican structural edge would evaporate. Nate Cohn, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Sep. 2022 Doughty, who repeatedly painted Diehl as unelectable during the primary, threw his support behind the nominee after conceding Tuesday. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Sep. 2022 Such candidates can’t be treated as part of a comically unelectable, and thus harmless, fringe. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

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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 4 Feb. 2023.

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