un·​ful·​fill·​able ˌən-fu̇(l)-ˈfi-lə-bəl How to pronounce unfulfillable (audio)
 also  -fə(l)-
: incapable of being fulfilled : not possible to carry out or make real : unrealizable
unfulfillable campaign promises
unfulfillable dreams

Examples of unfulfillable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some scams claim to represent large merchants such as Amazon and tell recipients that their accounts have problems such as signs of suspicious purchases or unfulfillable orders. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 23 Jan. 2023 Trillions of dollars worth of demand have been diverted in unexpected directions, flooding unprepared suppliers with unfulfillable orders (and driving up prices). George Calhoun, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2022 For others, the need to demonstrate productivity, coupled with the absence of familiar modes of measurement, means that nothing seems to suffice, and work begins to saturate all areas of life with an insistent but unfulfillable demand. Hari Kunzru, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 Most are of its own making, including unfulfillable public pension promises and a vast social safety net beyond the capacity of California’s workers to fund. Hank Adler, WSJ, 18 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1809, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unfulfillable was in 1809

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“Unfulfillable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfulfillable. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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