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

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Scientists say parts of Nevada, the third state on the Democratic primary calendar, could be virtually unlivable by the end of the century; Las Vegas is warming faster than any other major city in the country. Justin Worland / Des Moines, Time, "How Climate Change in Iowa is Changing U.S. Politics," 12 Sep. 2019 The shift to a more arid climate would devastate the vast agricultural areas farther south; parts of South America would become effectively unlivable. NBC News, "Why is the Amazon rainforest important?," 9 Sep. 2019 Your house, your nest egg, could become unlivable, and insurance may not cover the costly repairs. Janet Eastman, oregonlive.com, "What to do about cougars in the neighborhood, skunks under the house, bats in the attic," 19 July 2019 This warm, nutrient-poor environment from the blob and El Niño was unlivable for whatever kelp wasn’t ravaged by the sea urchins. Richie Hertzberg, National Geographic, "California's disappearing sea snails carry a grim climate warning," 20 Aug. 2019 Critics of the problem say the hands-off approach has made some areas unlivable. Fox News, "Police departments rethink approach to battling addiction crisis," 21 June 2019 The trees collapsed the roof over three of the bedrooms in the Passow household, reducing the bedrooms to rubble and making the house unlivable. High School Journalism Institute, oregonlive.com, "New passions take root after accident," 19 July 2019 Residents are forced from one unlivable extreme to the next -- from having no water to drink to escaping rushing floodwater. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "More than 100 dead and 6 million affected by flooding across South Asia," 16 July 2019 Deadly heat conditions turn many areas unlivable, resulting in more than a billion people being displaced in West Africa, tropical South America, the Middle East and South-East Asia. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "End of civilization: climate change apocalypse could start by 2050 if we don't act, report warns," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of unlivable

1834, in the meaning defined above

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