un·play·able | \ ˌən-ˈplā-ə-bəl \

Definition of unplayable 

: not capable of being played or suitable to be played : not playable a golf course rendered unplayable by heavy rains dealt an unplayable card music so complex as to be almost unplayable Service is my strong point at tennis. I am inaccurate, but vigorous, and occasionally send in a quite unplayable shot. —P. G. Wodehouse found the ball in an unplayable lie [=a position that does not allow a shot to be made]

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The game was called after five innings due to rain and an unplayable field. J.c. Carnahan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake Mary rises to No. 1 in baseball Super Six rankings," 22 May 2018 Of course, 2004 also was one of the most controversial Opens in U.S. Golf Association history after a lack of water made the green on the par-3 seventh hole unplayable. Joe Juliano, Philly.com, "Phil Mickelson hasn't contended in a U.S. Open since Merion in 2013. This year, he hopes to change that.," 11 June 2018 One seasoned player temporarily fled the studio after deciding that one of Mr. Braxton’s intricate parts was unplayable. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "High School Musicians Take On the (Almost) Unplayable," 8 June 2018 Timber Creek’s home baseball region final playoff game against Vero Beach has been postponed to Wednesday at 7 p.m. due to unplayable field conditions. J.c. Carnahan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Field conditions postpone Timber Creek baseball region final to Wednesday," 22 May 2018 That game was postponed because of unplayable field conditions at Deptford on Sunday. Phil Anastasia, Philly.com, "Jack Billings sparks St. Augustine past Bishop Eustace in Diamond Classic," 27 May 2018 The Ivorian winger was virtually unplayable in key wins against Brighton and Leicester. SI.com, "Pogba & Aubameyang on 7-Man Shortlist for Premier League April Player of the Month," 1 May 2018 Either the fields are damp and unplayable or the pitchers are freezing and can’t really showcase their skills. Lori Riley, courant.com, "High School Softball: Bristol Eastern Gets A Wild Win Over E.O. Smith," 20 Apr. 2018 In previous years, flooding made the field unplayable days after rain storms. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Radcliffe: What are the best Milwaukee-area venues for high-school sports?," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of unplayable

1806, in the meaning defined above

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