un·​mar·​ket·​able | \ ˌən-ˈmär-kə-tə-bəl How to pronounce unmarketable (audio) \

Definition of unmarketable

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Let’s look at and taste one more unmarketable fruit, the musk strawberry (Fragaria moschata). Washington Post, "Try something new with uncommonly delicious (and ugly) fruit," 5 Nov. 2019 Outdoor marijuana growers are reporting an increase in cross-pollination from hemp farms, a development that could mean marijuana cultivators might lose upwards of tens of thousands of dollars if their plants become unmarketable as flower products. Bart Schaneman, chicagotribune.com, "Marijuana, hemp cross-pollination a budding conflict," 15 Nov. 2019 The histories and perspectives that made these books so unmarketable in the forties or fifties is precisely what makes them so prized today. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Stories We Tell, and Don’t Tell, About Asian-American Lives," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of unmarketable

1654, in the meaning defined above

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8 Dec 2019

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“Unmarketable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmarketable. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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un·​mar·​ket·​able | \ ˌən-ˈmär-kə-tə-bəl \

Legal Definition of unmarketable

: 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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