un·​liv·​able | \ ˌən-ˈli-və-bəl \

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

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This could raise sea levels by more than a meter and—coupled with increased coral bleaching events—render some islands unlivable. Emmanuel Macron And Andrew Holness, WSJ, "Mobilize the Private Sector to Avert a Climate Crash," 2 Dec. 2018 Rachel Rivera, 19, told The Associated Press that Honduras had become unlivable. Marko Alvarez, The Seattle Times, "Border patrol: More families cross illegally to San Diego," 4 Dec. 2018 For many incarcerated people, the unlivable conditions inside prisons are an important catalyst for protests and other actions. Stephanie Onderchanin, Teen Vogue, "How the National Prison Strike Is Working to Help Incarcerated People in the United States," 21 Aug. 2018 In 1987, Hunthausen became aware of the almost unlivable conditions inside George’s apartment. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen remembered for his humanity, humility and kindness," 6 Aug. 2018 Absent major changes, the U.N. says Gaza will be unlivable by 2020. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Misery Relents in Gaza Amid Israel-Hamas Truce Talks," 9 Nov. 2018 Airless, freeze-dried, unlivable, without extractable resources. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson’s next book," 18 Oct. 2018 In fact, the vast majority of houses fall somewhere in the middle, neither pristine time capsules nor unlivable wrecks. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "To renovate or not to renovate?," 5 Sep. 2018 The house has been unlivable for more than a decade, and discussions about what to do with the property have been ramping up. Willie James Inman, Fox News, "Efforts ramp up to protect Aretha Franklin’s Memphis birthplace," 30 Aug. 2018

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1834, in the meaning defined above

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