un·​liv·​able | \ ˌən-ˈli-və-bəl How to pronounce unlivable (audio) \

Definition of unlivable

: unable to be lived or unfit to live in, on, or with : not livable unlivable tenements … he devoted himself to making life unlivable for them.— Jack London

Examples of unlivable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If places keep getting hotter like that, and fires keep devouring communities and so forth, places are going to become unlivable and people will migrate, period. Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, "John Kerry, Biden’s Climate Czar, Talks About Saving the Planet," 18 Dec. 2020 Broken windows, a hole in the kitchen floor and major structural issues made the home unlivable. cleveland, "Classic Ohio City Victorian restored to its original glory: House of the Week," 4 Dec. 2020 Most of the fire damage was concentrated in two units on the second floor but the entire structure was deemed unlivable, Ashley said after the fire. Tom Sissom, Arkansas Online, "Fire officials identify second victim in Fayetteville apartment fire," 1 Dec. 2020 Tent cities line many streets where homes remain unlivable. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Iota strengthens to hurricane, could slam Central America as Category 4 monster," 15 Nov. 2020 But road opponents view a victory as having political and symbolic weight for confronting forces turning Florida into unlivable congestion. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Saving Split Oak Forest: A Bruising Environmental Battle on the Ballot," 16 Oct. 2020 Unless cities continually adapt, these shifts could significantly erode their tree canopies, making urban landscapes uglier—and more unlivable. Clive Thompson, The Atlantic, "The Struggle to Save City Trees," 9 Oct. 2020 Those spaces are already becoming unlivable as winter fast approaches and, with it, the threat of subzero temperatures. NBC news, "Homeless and facing winter in Minneapolis," 9 Oct. 2020 But the new union, whose creation Ms. Phillips had fought, argued that low-level employees were earning unlivable wages (starting at $35,000 a year). Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, "The New Museum Is World Class, but Many Find It a Tough Place to Work," 5 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of unlivable

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Unlivable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unlivable. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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