un·​mar·​ket·​able ˌən-ˈmär-kə-tə-bəl How to pronounce unmarketable (audio)
: not marketable
especially : not fit to be offered for sale
an unmarketable commodity
… the bulk of the herring might release their eggs before they can be caught, rendering them unmarketable. Jon Krakauer

Examples of unmarketable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Oil industry representatives and Republican lawmakers warned the new financial requirements could discourage the sale of oil wells, potentially saddling struggling energy companies with unmarketable land. Tony Briscoe, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2023 Not to mention unmarketable. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 26 July 2022 There are two methods for valuing unmarketable assets. Matthew Erskine, Forbes, 24 June 2022 NewGem Foods developed edible films made from purees of unmarketable fruits and vegetables, serving as low-carb alternatives to bread and tortilla wraps; one film equals a full serving of fruits or vegetables. Deborah Wince-Smith, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Unlike works translated from the language by such male writers as Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Bashevis Singer and Chaim Grade, Yiddish fiction by women was long dismissed by publishers as insignificant or unmarketable to a wider audience. New York Times, 6 Feb. 2022 Just a few years before, Puff Daddy had said DMX was unmarketable. Ben Dandridge-Lemco, Rolling Stone, 28 Dec. 2021 Stinkbugs damage fruits so much that they’re often deemed unmarketable. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 17 Sep. 2021 Newington took the property in a tax foreclosure in 2008, but appeared to be stuck with an unmarketable eyesore. Don Stacom, courant.com, 8 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1654, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unmarketable was in 1654

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“Unmarketable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmarketable. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition


: not marketable
especially : being or relating to title that a reasonably prudent person would not accept in the ordinary course of business or that is reasonably likely to be the subject of litigation

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