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 For these fisheries, in which boats would presumably be landing many unmarketable fish, the average quota was 60% higher than advice. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Researchers say Europe’s ban on throwing unwanted fish overboard is backfiring," 13 Jan. 2021 The plan wouldn’t completely preclude logging in those areas, such as thinning to remove diseased trees or unmarketable hardwoods for example. oregonlive, "Forestry board moves ahead with controversial habitat conservation plan for state forests," 8 Oct. 2020 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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“Unmarketable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmarketable. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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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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