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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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 Others at the event said Lopez's home was unsafe and unlivable, with Lopez's sister Ruth Balkcom even adding that her brother would walk to the library during daytime hours because the home did not have air conditioning. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "'I don't know how to thank them:' U.S. Army veteran gets keys to renovated Glendale home," 6 July 2019 While only one home — to the right of the Phillips’ home — has been condemned, about six others have been deemed unlivable until they’re inspected by a structural engineer and repairs are made, said Larry Wallace, the city's building commissioner. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Weeks after the fatal Jeffersonville house explosion, neighbors are still asking 'why'," 19 May 2019 Online journalists have grown weary of constant industry layoffs and unlivable salaries in expensive cities. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "BuzzFeed journalists just walked off the job in 4 cities. Here’s why.," 17 June 2019 Dialing up either of these constants even a little would render the universe unlivable. Quanta Magazine, "In a Multiverse, What Are the Odds?," 3 Nov. 2014

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First Known Use of unlivable

1834, in the meaning defined above

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